Golf may be you vs. the course, but the end result is you vs. everyone else. That is what we do here with our Devil Ball Power Rankings, a glimpse at who is currently hot on tour, that will run every three weeks during the PGA Tour season. These are the top-10 golfers currently playing, with nothing factoring in except the present golfing world.
1.) Justin Rose: Sure, he missed the cut at St. Andrews when everyone had him pegged as their Open hopeful, but you can't take away his two wins and a tie for ninth in his three previous events before the British. Rose has always been the type of player that could get hot quickly, and his play of late has him at the top of our list.
2.) Louis Oosthuizen: With the idea of "current rankings" in mind, Oosthuizen deserves to be as high as possible. His dominate win at St. Andrews was something reserved for greats like Tiger Woods and Nick Faldo, yet he continues to play well just four days after he hoisted the Claret Jug over his head.
3.) Lee Westwood: He's only played in 10 events on the PGA Tour this year, but the resume is pretty incredible. A win at the St. Judes, a second-place finish at both the Masters and British, and a tie for fourth at The Players.
4.) Ernie Els: He missed the cut at the British after a nasty 79 in the windy conditions on Friday, but he still has two wins this season and a third-place finish at the U.S. Open. Els, who topped the rankings after Pebble Beach, is still leading the FedEx Cup, and has the game to win one or two more events before the season wraps.
5.) Steve Stricker: He claimed his second win of the season at the John Deere Classic two weeks ago as the highest-ranked player in the field, and although he didn't play great at the British, he is still in line to compete for the FedEx title at end of the season.
6.) Rory McIlroy: After that Thursday 63, it seemed like the 21-year-old might join his fellow Northern Irishman as a major champion, but the windy conditions on Friday foiled any chance of him taking the Open title. Nonetheless, he still finished third after he righted the ship on Saturday and Sunday, making it his second top 10 on the PGA Tour since winning at Quail Hollow.
7.) Graeme McDowell: You can't make a list here without including the U.S. Open champion, who also finished in the top 25 at the British.
8.) Phil Mickelson: He's the Masters champion, and not much else, but a "mediocre" year for Mickelson is better than most. Lefty has two top 5s in his last three starts.
9.) Dustin Johnson: It might seem strange to include the guy that blew up at the U.S. Open on this list, but his consistency has been sneaky for a young guy. Johnson never let the 82 on Sunday at Pebble affect him, and his top 20 at the British kept him in the top 10 of the FedEx Cup points.
10.) J.B. Holmes: Talk about a solid year that nobody is talking about. Holmes has nine top-25 finishes in just 16 starts, and has only missed one cut. His tie for 14th at the British Open was his best finish at a major, and showed that he can play consistent golf on the big stage.
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