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Top Players in Golf – Part 2

There are hundreds of professional golfers throughout the world. Some have been competing for many years, while others have only been playing for a few years. With hard work, skill and determination a golfer can be considered one of the top players in the world. Many factors go into determining who is the top player like which tournaments they are playing in and how well they did in said tournament. I previously covered the top 5 players in golf. Although the order may shift according to official rankings, here’s a look at the rest of 2016’s top players.

#6 Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson on the golf course.

This Swedish professional golfer comes in at the number six spot. He competes in both the PGA and European Tours. He spent over 100 weeks in the world top ten. His highest ranking was second, but he is ranked the number one Swedish Golfer. One of his many accomplishments is the “historic double” where he won both the U.S. PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup and the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, in the same season. He was the first player to do this.

#7 Adam Scott

Adam Scott on the golf course

The number seven spot is held by this Australian professional golfer. In 2013 he became the first Australian to win the Masters Tournament. In total he has won 29 professional tournaments.

#8 Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson on the golf course taking a swing.

American professional golfer, Dustin Johnson currently has the number eight spot. One of his claims to fame is that he has one of the longest drives on the PGA tour. His career high on the list is third, which occured in 2015. One of his top performances came in 2015 in the WGC- Cadillac Championship.

#9 Danny Willett

A close-up portrait photograph of Danny Willet

Coming in at number nine is this English professional golfer. He currently plays in the European Tour exclusively. One of his biggest accomplishments was winning the 2016 Masters Tournament. He is only the second Englishman to achieve this. Additionally he is the first European to win at Augusta National in a very long time.

#10 Justin Rose

Justin Rose on the golf course.

Finally number ten is this English professional golfer. He competes mainly on the PGA tour but he keeps his membership with the European Tour. Between the weeks of November 2007 and July 2008 he was considered in the top ten in the world. One of his best performances was in 2013 at the U.S. Open Championship where he placed first.

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Phil Mickelson Leaves BMW Championship and Other PGA Tour News

The BMW Championship has been in full swing but the race for the 8 million dollar grand prize has come to an end for Phil Mickelson. Mickelson recently withdrew from the BMW Championship after shooting 70-76 in the first two rounds and sitting in 63rd place.

“My primary goal is to rest and prepare for the Ryder Cup,” Mickelson said in a statement. “Without a chance to contend at the Tour Championship, the most important thing for me now is to prepare for the Ryder Cup.”

Phil Mickelson, 44, said that his poor standing in the tournament and the upcoming Ryder Cup are his reasons for skipping the final two rounds of the $8 million FedEx Cup playoff tournament. This will be the first time since the start of the FedEx Cup that Phil Mickelson will not be playing. It will also be the first time in 10 years that he has gone winless throughout an entire season.

It’s clear that some players are okay with forfeiting and some are making money while doing nothing as in the case with Dustin Johnson. Dustin Johnson has been on a personal leave of absence from the PGA Tour for the last month yet will still collect $175,000 in prize money for his “efforts”. I guess this is the professional sports version of getting an A for effort. If so count me in. Johnson finished 30th in the FedEx Cup points race even though he didn’t play a single playoff event and thus qualified for this week’s Tour Championship.He’s entitled to $175,000 for that finish but he will not recieve the $128,000 the last-place finisher at the Tour Championship would earn.