What determines a great iron player in professional golf?
Whether a tour pro is hitting approach shots from the fairway or the rough—or from the tee on a par three—getting the ball onto the putting surface is obviously the key component.
The PGA Tour's greens in regulation performance statistic immediately comes to mind as a seemingly fair measurement of quality iron play, but it can be misleading if a golfer's approach shots aren't landing close to the pin. That's where the tour's proximity to the hole stat comes in handy to fine tune things a bit.
To create my list—aside from simply knowing from observation who some of the great iron players are—I selected from a mash-up of GIR and proximity to the hole leaders from the best golfers in the game today. It isn't a perfect science—and the line between these players is a fine one—but you can be sure the names listed here are, in fact, among the best iron players in the game.
Here's a power ranking of some of the best iron players in golf today.