Houston Open 2021: The Top Ranked Players on the Field

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It’s a little early to begin making brash assumptions on which players will reign supreme in this season’s FedExCup Top 10 standings. But as we approach the seventh course of the 2021/22 PGA Tour at Memorial Park, let’s take a deeper dive into the golfer’s who are off to a great start – from a statistical and T20 FedExCup rankings standpoint.

The likes of Brooks Koepka, Shane Lowry, Tony Finau, and Matthew Wolff are a handful of elite players who’ll compete in Houston, but who’s hot? And who’s not?

Sam Burns #1

25-year-old Sam Burns is sitting proudly in the first position of the FedExCup rankings through six events. As the attendee of four out of six PGA Tours this season, he’s managed two Top 10 finishes, including a championship win at Sanderson Farms and a T5 result at The CJ Cup. He became the first player with a 72-hole total of 22-under or better during his Sanderson Farms victory since the event moved to the Country Club of Jackson in 2014. A T14 result at the Shriners Children’s Open has boosted Burns ahead of 2nd place Sungjae I’m by 53 FedEx Cup points.

Sam Burns 2022 PGA Tour Leading Statistics

SG: OFF-THE-TEE (.790) (13th)
SG: APPROACH THE GREEN (1.276) (3rd)
SG: TEE-TO-GREEN (2.314) (1st)
SG: TOTAL (2.215) (5th)
Greens in regulation percentage – 78.70% (6th)
Birdie Average – 6.25 (3rd)
Scoring average – 69.452 (4th)

Sungjae Im #2

South Korean standout and winner of the 2021 Shriners Children’s Open, it’s Sungjae Im. His trophy-winning efforts and a T9 finish at The CJ Cup have helped him secure a 2nd place position in the FedExCup standings. Winning the Shriners Children’s Open saw Im shoot a final round 62 by four strokes over Matthew Wolff. However, entering Houston last year became a challenge for Im, finishing at T50. Bettors rushing to their favorite offshore sportsbooks to wager on the Houston Open should remain cautious in backing Im.

Sungjae Im 2022 PGA Tour Leading Statistics

SG: AROUND-THE-GREEN (1.137) (3rd)
SG: TEE-TO-GREEN (1.863) (5th)
SG: TOTAL (2.131) (7th)
Greens in regulation percentage – 77.31% (8th)
Eagles per hole – 43.2 (10th)
Scoring Average – 69.535 (6th)

Max Homa #4

Max Homa claimed his third career PGA Tour trophy when capturing the Fortinet Championship. This victory put Homa in the No.1 place of the FedExCup leader board, and it became his second win inside of his home state of California. His 1st place position didn’t last long, and a T48 finish during the 2020 Houston Open doesn’t place him as a top contender.

Max Homa 2022 PGA Tour Leading Statistics

SG: APPROACH THE GREEN (-.002) (11th)
SG: TOTAL (.805) (51st)
Birdie average – 5.25 (19th)

Matthew Wolff #10

The 22-year-old youngster Matthew Wolff doesn’t show his age on the course. Since turning professional in 2019, he’s qualified into the FedExCup Playoffs in every season. His 2022 season has already provided a solo-second finish at the Shriners Children’s Open. An appearance at the Sanderson Farms Championship with a T17 finish puts Wolff in 10th place of the FedExCup standings.

Matthew Wolff 2022 PGA Tour Leading Statistics

SG: PUTTING (1.001) (18th)
SG: TEE-TO-GREEN (1.354) (14th)
SG: TOTAL (2.355) (3rd)
Driving distance – 336.0 (1st)
Greens in regulation percentage – 75.69% (18th)
Birdie average – 5.50 (9th)
Scoring average – 69.452 (2nd)

Marc Leishman #14

Professional veteran Marc Leishman has two Top Five tournament finishes throughout three-event appearances in the 2022 PGA Tour. Between his T3 finish at the Shriners Children’s Open and a T4 placement in the Fortinet Championship, Leishman is guarding the 14th place position in the FedExCup standings. The Aussie native will face some of the world’s greatest, but you can never count out the six-time PGA Tour tournament winner.

Marc Leishman 2022 PGA Tour Leading Statistics

SG: PUTTING (1.181) (11th)
SG: TOTAL (1.807) (10th)
Birdie average – 6.25 (3rd)
Scoring average – 69.797 (9th)

Patrick Reed #16

Closely behind fellow veteran Marc Leishman, the 9-time PGA Tour tournament winner Patrick Reed has found early success when placing 2nd at the 2021 Butterfield Bermuda Championship. The CJ Cup @ Summit and Shriners Children’s open didn’t quite go to plan, but the savvy experience of Reed knows how to handle the firm grounds at the Memorial Park. Reed shot a final-round 65 when finishing T2 at the Bermuda Championship and was the only player who managed to record four scores in the 60s.

Patrick Reed 2022 PGA Tour Leading Statistics

SG: TOTAL (-2.619) (225th)
Greens in regulation percentage – 68.33% (136th)
Birdie Average – 4.40 (86th)

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