Rahm triumphed at the Masters after a seemingly rough patch of events, including a stomach bug at the Players Championship and uncharacteristic play during the WGC Match Play. However, he bounced back at the RBC Heritage, ranking first in strokes gained approach and nearly winning the Mexico Open. Scheffler has maintained a world-best +2.91 strokes gained per round average through the last five tournaments, with a win at the Players Championship and a near miss at the WGC Match Play. Despite ranking 50th in strokes gained putting at the Masters, Scheffler ranks second only to Rahm in strokes gained tee to green since March.
Koepka secured a win at the LIV Golf Orlando which restored faith in his capability as a top-level player. Despite losing the Masters to Rahm due to a four-stroke lead collapse, he remains a dominant force in the PGA Championship where he has achieved two victories, a runner-up title and two additional top-five finishes in his 10 starts. Cantlay’s consistent form has resulted in seven straight top-20 finishes since February, including top-four efforts at the Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational and RBC Heritage. He currently ranks second to Scheffler in strokes gained tee to green.
Spieth’s iron play has been commendable, but his putt has been his secret weapon to climb to second in total strokes gained since March. Finau’s stroke gains of approach have led him to claim five titles in recent times, putting him up again with fellow contenders. The consistencies and quality results of Fitzpatrick and Hovland are commendable while Burns, Im and Schauffele have all shown glimpses of being able to contend soon.