North American golfers, especially from the US, have been the most dominating athletes in golf. The popularizer of golf Arnold Palmer, the most successful golfer Tiger Woods, and the golfer with most major titles Jack Nicklaus are from the United States. Despite the US not being the homeland of golf, it has given the most gifted golfers and superstars who would make golf an activity for ordinary people, not just rich.
While this top 5 is not about those people, we will present you with five North American golfers currently occupying the highest ranks in the world rankings of golfers. The world rankings are as of September 3 for men and September 9 for women.
- Dustin Johnson. The current number one golfer in the Official World Golf ranking, Johnson is also the first golfer on our list. Although he has yet won only one major, the 2016 U.S. Open, he has achieved some unparalleled results. He has five World Golf Championship victories with only Tiger Woods having more wins. Johnson is the first golfer to win each of the four World Golf Championship events. Being one of the most consistent drivers of the PGA Tour, he has been in the world’s top 5 annually since 2008. His win in the 2017 Genesis Open made Johnson the third player in Tour history to win a Tour title in each of his first 10 seasons.
- Jordan Spieth. This 24 years old US golfer is, according to the April 2016 Time magazine, one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Aside from that, he is a great golfer as well! He won his first major at the 2015 Masters Tournament, which earned him $1.8 million. He tied Woods’ 1997 72-hole record and became the second youngest golfer after Woods to win the Masters. Besides, he is the youngest golfer to win the U.S. Open since Bobby Jones. A former number one in the Official World Golf Ranking, Spieth is currently on the second spot of the ranking.
- Lexi Thompson. At the age of 12, Thompson was the youngest golfer to ever qualify to the U.S. Women’s Open. Having become a professional at the age of 15 in June 2010, she is the youngest winner of an LPGA tournament as well. Her first won major championship was the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship. She is only 22, and even more success will certainly come to her! Thompson is currently the 3rd best golfer in the Women’s World Golf Rankings.
- Justin Thomas. The current 4th best golfer in world, Justin Thomas, has just recently won his first major, the 2017 PGA Championship. While he missed the opportunity to set some records among youngsters, he may become a superstar of golf in the following years. The fact that he turned pro at the age of 21 doesn’t mean that it is too late for him! Tiger Woods was around that age as well when he became a pro, and look what he has achieved! Thomas has 7 wins at professional competitions, and we are definitely expecting much more from him in the future!
- Rickie Fowler. The number ten on the Official World Golf Ranking Rickie Fowler hasn’t been particularly successful in majors. Yes, he has demonstrated stable level of performance. He has had 7 professional wins during his career. But most of his achievements have been during his amateur years when he was the number one ranked amateur golfer in the world for 37 weeks in 2007-08. Maybe, he actually likes amateur golf rather than professional. Nonetheless, Fowler is the current number five best North American golfer and occupies the 5th spot on our list.