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Top 30 Players to Watch explanation, schedule

  • Tiger Woods started off the countdown as our No. 30 Player to Watch. (Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)Tiger Woods started off the countdown as our No. 30 Player to Watch. (Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)

Our annual countdown of the Top 30 Players to Watch is now underway. Each day in December, PGATOUR.COM will unveil a different player on the list, starting with No. 30 Tiger Woods (perhaps you’ve heard he’s back).

How did we decide which players to feature in our top 30 for 2018? There’s certainly no scientific formula. Most of the names are fairly obvious, the only argument being where they ranked. We made sure to include a few up-and-comers from the Tour. Patton Kizzire played his way onto the list during the fall as the FedExCup leader going into 2018.

Some names are based on performance, others on potential.

And of course, we weren’t going to leave Tiger off the list. Sticking him at No. 30 — in the leadoff position, if you will — seemed most appropriate.

By limiting the list to 30 names, that meant some worthy candidates did not make it. Tough calls were made and we know not everybody will agree with the list. That’s fine — a good healthy debate amongst passionate golf fans is one of the benefits of this feature. So feel free to argue away if you think your favorite pro has been slighted.


Ranking Player/Date (click name for profile)
No. 30 Tiger Woods
No. 29 Peter Uihlein
No. 28 Chesson Hadley
No. 27 Kevin Chappell
No. 26 Bryson DeChambeau
No. 25 Patton Kizzire
No. 24 Kevin Kisner
No. 23 Jhonattan Vegas
No. 22 Pat Perez
No. 21 Daniel Berger
No. 20 Patrick Cantlay
No. 19 Justin Rose
No. 18 Si Woo Kim
No. 17 Matt Kuchar
No. 16 Patrick Reed
No. 15 Tony Finau
No. 14 Henrik Stenson
No. 13 Marc Leishman
No. 12 Xander Schauffele
No. 11 Phil Mickelson
No. 10 Sergio Garcia
No. 9 Jason Day
No. 8 Brooks Koepka
No. 7 Jon Rahm
No. 6 Rickie Fowler
No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama
No. 4 Rory McIlroy
No. 3 Dustin Johnson
No. 2 Jordan Spieth
No. 1 Justin Thomas