Feb
28
2011
This Week’s PGA Tour Confidential: Who’s the Best American Golfer Right Now?
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

We know the top-four ranked golfers are European, which makes the highest ranked American No. 5 — Tiger Woods. Let’s take the OWGR out of play since they make so much sense to humans and ponder over who the best American player is today? Not ever. Not last October. Not last April. Right now. In the present. I’ll reword — who’s playing the best right now?

Last night’s moderator Alan Shipnuck posed this question to the roundtable and we answered:

Shipnuck: Europe now holds the top four spots in the World Ranking. Good for those boys, they deserve it. A semi-related question: Who is the best American golfer right now? I say Kuchar.

Lipsey: Definitely not TW or Phil. I go with Dustin Johnson.

Shipnuck: I’m as bullish as anyone about DJ’s future, but he’s been awfully quiet so far this year, and the West Coast is where he usually makes a lot of hay. He needs to get some momentum going heading into Augusta.

Herre: I’ll go with Bubba, followed by Mickelson and Tiger. How’s that for a changing of the guard?

Shipnuck: Mickelson and Tiger? Dudes haven’t won anything in, umm, almost a year.

Godich: If it’s Kuchar, that pretty much sums up the state of U.S. golf. Plenty of nice finishes, but not enough wins.

Gorant: Stricker??

Shipnuck: Stricker?! We’re talking about golf, not deer hunting.

Gorant: The Deer Hunter was a great movie. It’s Oscar night.

Godich: Stricker’s not exactly lighting it up either. I’ll go with Bubba.

Dusek: The same Stricker who lost to Matteo Manassero in the first round?

Wei: Tough call, but I’ll go with Kuchar. He’s certainly the most consistent these days.

Dusek: The American golfer who is playing at the highest level is Bubba Watson (who won at Torrey Pines), followed by Matt Kuchar, who hasn’t won but beat Bubba in a meaningless match today.

When I said consistent, I forgot to include Kuchar’s stats — in five starts, he’s had four top-tens, including 3rd at Match Play, and his worst finish was T35 at Riviera.

Your turn…I’m hoping on a plane to Palm Beach to kick off the Florida Swing with the Honda Classic, so when I land, I’d like to see the space below filled with LOTS of your thoughts. Thanks!

(AP Photo/Matt York)