Ranking the 12 Best Ball Strikers On The PGA Tour

Ranking the 12 best ball strikers on the PGA tour might seem like an easy task compared to the level of intensity on other sports. 

Golf is considered a facile sport due to the sports missing a complex competitive gaming environment and the need for ideal athletic attributes among players. 

If you are a seasonal fan of golf, then you might have seen golfers pull off the ball striking effortlessly.

But in reality, it is not just about hitting the ball with power; it also requires a great deal of skills and precision.

So if you have to rank some of the best ball strikers on the PGA tour, who will you rank as number one?

Brian McFadden in PGA European Tour
Brian McFadden in PGA European Tour (Source: Flickr.com)

Well, everyone has their own bias. But with the help of statistics for the current year 2022, we have compiled a list of the top 12 best ball strikers on the PGA Tour.

To find out which golfer ranks as the top best strikers on the PGA tour, keep scrolling!

Ranking The 12 Best Ball Strikers On The PGA Tour

Before diving into the players’ details, let us look at the overall rankings at the table we have prepared with primary reference from PGATour.com.

Player NameValue
12. Russell Henley46
11. Seamus Power44
10. Collin Morikawa40
9. Lucas Glover39
8. Sam Burns35
7. Scottie Scheffler32
6. Mito Pereira29
5. Hideki Matsuyama27
4. Xander Schauffele20
3. Sungjae Im19
2. Corey Conners16
1. Jon Rahm2

 

12. Russell Henley

Country: United States

On our rank 12 of the best ball strikers, we have 33 year-old professional golfer Russell Henley. He made his professional debut in 2011 at the Nationwide Tour’s Soboba Golf Classic.

Henley began playing golf during his college year when he attended the University of Georgia. As an amateur golfer, he won the 2010 Haskins Award as the most outstanding collegiate golfer.

Similarly, in 2010, he was also part of two Nationwide Tour events. Henley became the second amateur to win the Stadion Classic at UGA on the Nationwide Tour the following year.

Ranking the 12 best ball strikers on the PGA tour, Russell Henley
Russell Henley (Source: Instagram)

A year after making his professional debut, he won the Chiquita Classic and Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open. In the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii, Henley became the first PGA Tour rookie to win his debut in 12 years with a record-setting performance.

Since his professional debut, Henley has gone ahead and won several PGA Tour titles and won. During the 2021 U.S. Open, he made it to the final rounds but finished in a tie for 13th place. 

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11. Seamus Power

Country: Ireland

Next, we have 35 year-old professional golfer, Seamus Power. He made his professional debut playing on mini-tours and trying to qualify for the Web.com Tour.

During his college year at East Tennessee State University, Power began playing golf. Between 2007 to 2010, he won five times, including the prestigious Atlantic Sun Conference Championship.

In 2014, he won two events on the eGolf Professional Tour and earned Web.com Tour card for the following year. During the Web.com Tour, Power finished 72nd on the money list while having top-10 finishes.

Seamus Power
Seamus Power (Source: Instagram)

Power won his first PGA Tour event in 2021 at the Barbasol Championship. After the win, he became the fifth player from Ireland to win a PGA Tour event.

In January 2022, he came in the top 50 for the first time in his career and finished at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Similarly, Power made his maiden Masters Tournament appearance in the quarter-finals at the 2022 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

He finished in the 12th position at the 2022 U.S. Open.

10. Collin Morikawa

Country: United States

Collin Morikawa is a professional golfer who ranks number 10 of the best ball strikers on the PGA Tour. The 25 year-old made his professional debut in 2019 at the RBC Canadian Open.

From 2015 to 2019, Morikawa played collegiate golf while attending the University of California. He accumulated five wins, including the prestigious 2019 Pac-12 Conference Championship.

Similarly, he also won many amateur titles and was ranked the top golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for three weeks in May 2018. As for his professional debut game, Morikawa finished tied for 14th place.

Ranking the 12 best ball strikers on the PGA tour, Collin Morikawa
Collin Morikawa (Source: Golfdigest)

When he began his PGA Tour career, Morikawa made a 22 consecutive cut streak. His feat ranks second to Tiger Woods’ 25-cut streak. Since then, he has won a total of five PGA Tour wins.

Morikawa is the first American to win the Race to Dubai on the European Tour. In February 2022, he finished tied 2nd place at the Genesis Invitation.

9. Lucas Glover

Country: United States

On number 9 of the best ball strikers on the PGA Tour, we have Lucas Glover. He is a 42 years-old professional golfer who made his professional debut in 2001.

Glover is the son of the former MLB player Ron Musselman. However, he was attracted to golf and started playing early. During his college years at Clemson University, he played in various amateur golf tournaments.

Furthermore, Glover was part of the 2001 United States Walker Cup team and the 1999 USA vs. Japan Cup Team. A year after his debut, he was part of the Nationwide Tour in 2002 and recorded two top-10 finishes.

Lucas Glover
Lucas Glover (Source: Wikimedia.org)

After making his PGA Tour debut, Glover’s first-best finishes were at the Wachovia Championship and the FUNAI Classic, at the Walt Disney resort. He is best known for his win at the 2009 U.S. Open.

In 2021, Glover won the John Deere Classic. It was his first win on the PGA Tour after ten years. 

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8. Sam Burns

Country: United States

Sam Burns is a 26 years-old professional golfer and ranks number 8 among the best ball strikers on the PGA Tour. He made his professional debut in 2017 at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Burns was a three-time individual state champion during his high school years. Similarly, he was also named the 2014 AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year. He also played collegiate golf at Louisiana State University.

Burns was named a first-team All-American and NCAA Division I Jack Nicklaus Nation Player of the Year during his college year for the 2016-17 season. Likewise, he also represented the USA in winning the 2017 Arnold Palmer Cup team.

Ranking the 12 best ball strikers on the PGA tour, Sam Burns
Sam Burns (Source: Instagram)

Burns’ first professional win was at the 2018 Savannah Golf Championship on the Web.com Tour. However, his first PGA Tour victory was in the 2021 Valspar Championship. The same year, he won his second PGA Tour title at the Sanderson Farms.

In 2022, Burns won his second consecutive Valspar Championship title in March. Additionally, on May 29, he won the Charles Schwab Challenge against World No.1 Scottie Scheffler.

7. Scottie Scheffler

Country: United States

Our 7th best ball-striker on PGA Tour goes to 26 years-old professional golfer, Scottie Scheffler. As of May 2022, he is ranked the World No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

During his high school, Scheffler was a two-sport athlete who played golf and basketball. Later in his college years, he decided to focus solely on golf.

As an amateur golfer, he won the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur and was part of the U.S. team that won the 2017 Walker Cup. Likewise, Scheffler was named Phil Mickelson Freshman of the Year in 2015.

Scottie Scheffler
Scottie Scheffler (Source: GettyImages)

He qualified for his first U.S. Open in 2016. Similarly, he was among the only two amateur golfers qualifying for the 2017 U.S. Open. Scheffler made his professional debut on the 2019 Web.com Tour.

Since the start of the 2022 season, Scheffler has won the W.M. Phoenix Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational, and the Masters Tournament. He is the fifth golfer to enter Masters Tournament as World No. 1 and win the tournament.

6. Mito Pereira

Country: Chile

On number 6, we have the 27 years-old professional golfer, Mito Pereira. He started his professional career in the second half of 2015 and entered the 2016 PGA Tour Latinoamerica.

As an amateur golfer, Pereira won the 2008 Optimist International Junior Golf Championship in boys division 12-13. He was a runner-up at the 2010 Junior Open Championship.

Similarly, in 2013, he won the Chilean Professional Tour’s Abierto Internacional de Las Brisas de Chicureo. Later Pereira attended Texas Tech University and played one year of college golf.

Ranking the 12 best ball strikers on the PGA tour, Mito Pereira
Mito Pereira (Source: DallasNews.com)

He was ranked No.5 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking in August 2015, after which he became a professional golfer. He qualified for his first major at the 2019 U.S. Open but did not make the cut.

In the 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour, Pereira earned an automatic three-win promotion. He finished in a tie for 3rd place at the Olympic Games in 2021. At the 2022 PGA Championship, he finished tied for third place.

5. Hideki Matsuyama

Country: Japan

Hideki Matsuyama is the first-ever Japanese professional golfer to win a men’s major golf championship. The 30 years-old golfer made his professional debut in 2013.

Matsuyama was introduced to golf by his father at the age of 4. As an amateur golfer, he won the 2010 Asian Amateur Championship, which allowed him to compete in the 2011 Masters Tournament as an amateur.

Similarly, the opportunity made him the first Japanese amateur to play in the Master’s Tournament. During the tournament, Matsuyama became the leading amateur and won the Silver Cup.

Hideki Matsuyama, Cleveland Golf
Hideki Matsuyama, Cleveland Golf (Source: Wikimedia.org)

In 2012, he was ranked No.1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. After a year of turning professional, he won his second professional tournament at the 2013 Tsuruya Open held in his home country Japan.

Since his professional debut, Matsuyama has had 17 worldwide wins, eight career top-10 finishes in major championships, and four Presidents Cup appearances. He has won eight PGA tours, the most by any Japanese golfer in PGA Tour’s history.

4. Xander Schauffele

Country: United States

On number 4 of the best ball strikers on the PGA Tour is Xander Schauffele. He is the 28 years-old professional golfer who made his professional debut in 2015.

Schauffele began his golfer journey from his high school. Similarly, he continued playing golf in college and participated in 50 tournaments. He had a record of 3 wins, four runners-up, 19 top-fives, and 27 top-tens.

The World Amateur Golf Ranking ranked him in the top 10, after which, Schauffele turned professional. He entered the 2015 Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament after turning professional.

Ranking the 12 best ball strikers on the PGA tour, Xander Schauffele, at 2020 Farmers Open
Xander Schauffele at 2020 Farmers Open (Source: Wikimedia.org)

Likewise, Schauffele made his PGA Tour debut at the CareerBuilder Challenge. During his first-round game at the 2017 U.S. Open, he recorded a bogey-free 6-under-par 66, the first in U.S. Open history.

His first PGA Tour victory was in the 2017 Greenbrier Classic. Since his professional debut, Schauffele has won five PGA tours and a win on the European Tour. Furthermore, he also won the Olympic gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

3. Sungjae Im

Country: South Korea

Sungjae Im is a 24 years-old professional golfer. He made his professional debut in 2015, and in 2015 and 2016, he played on the Japan Golf Tour.

Im played in several tournaments on the Korean Tour. He participated in the Web.com Tour Q-School in 2017 and finished second. During the 2018-19 PGA Tour season, he won the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

Sungjae Im
Sungjae Im (Source: Instagram)

Similarly, he was the 13th rookie to qualify for the Tour Championship in the FedEx Cup era, in which he finished 19th. Im’s first PGA Tour victory would come later in 2020, The Honda Classic.

Since then, Im’s major tournament includes Masters Tournament in 2020, where he finished tied for second place, and the 2021 Shriners Children’s Open, which he won. He has won two PGA tours, two Web.com tours, and one Korean Tour win.

2. Corey Conners

Country: Canada

Our 2nd best ball-striker on PGA Tour is 30 years-old Corey Conners. He was an amateur golfer before turning into a professional in 2015.

As an amateur player, Conners won the 2010 Ontario Amateur and was a runner-up at the 2014 U.S. Amateur. Similarly, he also played in the 2015 Masters Tournament however did not make the cut.

After turning professional, Conners played in the RBC Canadian Open in 2016. He tied for 42nd at the Web.com Tour qualifying tournament and qualified for the Web.com Tour in 2017.

Ranking the 12 best ball strikers on the PGA tour, Corey Conners
Corey Conners (Source: Instagram)

Conners entered his first PGA Tour in 2018 at the Valspar Championship. However, his first PGA Tour win was in 2019 at the Valero Texas Open. Since then, he has been part of other PGA tours but has yet to win.

Despite not winning another PGA Tour, Conners has continued his strong play. In the 2019-20 PGA season, he finished with ten top-25 finishes. He qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics and was the leader after the first round of the 2021 PGA Championship.

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1. Jon Rahm

Country: Spain

And our number 1 golfer among the best ball strikers on PGA Tour is 37 years-old Jon Rahm. He is a professional golfer who was the No.1 golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for a record 60 weeks.

Rahm attended Arizona State University on a golf scholarship. He accumulated 11 wins in college golf tournaments. Similarly, he was the first player to win the Ben Hogan Award twice in 2015 and 2016.

In 2016, Rahm entered the U.S. Open as an amateur and finished in a tie for 23rd place at 7-over-par. After that, Rahm turned professional and won his first PGA Tour title at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open.

Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm (Source: Golfdigest)

Since turning pro, Rahm has won seven PGA and seven European tours. In the 2020-21 PGA Tour, he won the PGA Player of the Year, Vardon Trophy, and the Byron Nelson Award.

Rahm started his 2022 season, entering the Sentry Tournament of Champions. On May 1, 2022, he won the Mexico Cup making it his seventh PGA Tour win.

Conclusion

The list has been prepared according to the current ranking and scores of the golfers. Who will maintain their top position and who falls from their rank is based on their future performances.

Keeping the statistics aside, which player do you think deserves the top place for the best ball-striker on the PGA tour? Let us know!

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