Top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings: Season in Review

Ben Alberstadt@benalberstadtFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2015

Top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings: Season in Review

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    For the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, it was more "best of times" than "worst of times" in 2015. 

    In 2015, Jim Furyk fell from No. 7 to No. 9, Justin Rose from No. 6 to No. 7, Henrik Stenson from No. 2 to No. 5 and Rory McIlroy from No. 1 to No. 3. Yet it's difficult to say any of these golfers had a terrible season, although there were some disappointments. 

    Patrick Reed is coming closer to his "top-five golfer in the world" status by moving from No. 23 at the end of 2014 to No. 10. And Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler made moves as well. Jordan Spieth moved from No. 9 to No. 1 in 2015, after battling with McIlroy and Jason Day for the top spot. 

    Let's take a look at the best and worst of these golfers' records from the previous season. 

10. Patrick Reed

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    End 2014 OWGR position: 23

    Money list: 18 ($3,590,566)

    Best of 2014-15: Tallied the fourth win of his career at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Made 25 of 27 cuts with four top-10 finishes. Finished a career-best 12th in the FedEx Cup standings. Top-25 finishes in three of the four majors (T30 at the PGA Championship). 

    Worst of 2014-15: Reed failed to match his win total from the 2013-14 season, neither did he improve upon the four top-10 finishes he tallied two years ago. Failed to contend in any major championships and missed four cuts in five starts at one point. 

9. Jim Furyk

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    End 2014 OWGR position: 7

    Money list: 16 ($3,732,664)

    Best of 2014-15: Returned to the winners' circle with the 17th win of his PGA Tour career at the RBC Heritage. Totaled seven top-10 finishes in 19 starts. His best finish in a major was a tie for 30th at the Open Championship. Finished 29th in the FedEx cup. 

    Worst of 2014-15: A lingering wrist injury kept Furyk out of the Presidents Cup and compromised his late-season play. Furyk missed the cut at the Masters and wasn't in the hunt at any of the major championships. 

8. Dustin Johnson

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    End 2014 OWGR position: 19

    Money list: 5 ($5,509,466)

    Best of 2014-15: Won the WGC-HSBC Champions in March. Tallied a second-place finish at the Northern Trust Open. Recorded 11 top-10 finishes in 21 starts. Finished seventh in the FedEx Cup standings. Top-10 finishes in three of the four majors. 

    Worst of 2014-15: Chambers Bay. Johnson's failure to at least two-putt the 72nd green handed the U.S. Open trophy to Spieth.  

7. Justin Rose

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    End 2014 OWGR position: 6

    Money list: 6 ($5,462,677)

    Best of 2014-15: Won the Zurich Classic in April. Tied for second at the Masters; one of three second-place finishes. Totaled eight top-10 finishes in 20 starts. Top-10 finishes at both the Open Championship and the PGA Championship. 

    Worst of 2014-15: For Rose, the worst element of 2015 was that he didn't convert for victory more when he had a chance to. With two second-place finishes and a third, he'd have hoped to have done better with that many bites at the apple. 

6. Rickie Fowler

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    End 2014 OWGR position: 10

    Money list: 4 ($5,773,430)

    Best of 2014-15: Three victories. Fowler won The Players Championship and the Deutsche Bank Championship on the PGA Tour, as well as the Scottish Open on the European Tour. Made 17 of 21 cuts with seven top-10 finishes. 

    Worst of 2014-15: Following a year of strong showings in all four majors, Fowler failed to contend in any of the four in 2014-15. 

5. Henrik Stenson

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    End 2014 OWGR position: 2

    Money list: 9 ($4,755,070)

    Best of 2014-15: Henrik Stenson didn't miss a cut in 2014-15. Tallied four second-place finishes and eight top-10 finishes overall. 

    Worst of 2014-2015: Didn't record a win, nor did he contend in a major championship. Fell from second to fifth in the Official World Golf Ranking accordingly. 

4. Bubba Watson

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    End 2014 OWGR position: 4

    Money list: 3 ($5,773,430)

    Best of 2014-15: Beat Tim Clark in a playoff to take the WGC-HSBC Champions. Tied for second at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Two additional second-place finishes, 10 top-10 finishes total in 19 starts. 

    Worst of 2014-15: Poor year in major championships. The two-time Masters winner failed to contend at Augusta. Missed the cut in both the U.S. and British Opens. 

3. Rory McIlroy

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    End 2014 OWGR position: 1

    Money list: 7 ($4,863,312)

    Best of 2014-15: Two wins: WGC-Cadillac Match Play, Wells Fargo Championship. Top-10 finishes at Augusta and Chambers Bay. Seven top-10 finishes total in 12 starts. 

    Worst of 2014-15: Injured his ankle in a pickup soccer game, costing him a British Open appearance and limiting his starts on the PGA Tour to just 12.   

2. Jason Day

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    End 2014 OWGR position: 8

    Money list: 2 ($9,403,330)

    Best of 2014-15: Four wins in his final six starts of the season and a total of five overall, including his first major triumph at the PGA Championship. 

    Worst of 2014-15: Missed consecutive cuts at The Players Championship and the Memorial. 

1. Jordan Spieth

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    End 2014 OWGR position: 9

    Money list: 1 ($12,030,465)

    Best of 2014-15: Five wins, four second-place finishes. Fifteen top-10 finishes in 25 starts. Won the Masters and the U.S. Open. Top-five finishes in the other two majors. FedEx Cup champion. 

    Worst of 2014-15: Not much. Failed to convert to capture the British Open, derailed by a late bogey. 

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