Davis Riley was among the players who made last year’s PGA Tour rookie crop one of the best in recent years.
While the former Alabama Crimson Tide couldn’t find the winner’s circle, he did about everything else you could do. Riley posted four top-10s, including a solo second at the Valspar Championship where he was right in the mix on Sunday.
In the two majors he qualified for, Riley took T-13th at the PGA Championship and T-31st at the U.S. Open. Not to mention T-13th at the Memorial Tournament, which annually boasts one of the strongest non-major fields.
He’s ranked No. 69 in the Official World Golf Rankings but is 56th in Data Golf’s ranking, which takes a more analytical approach.
The 25-year-old ranked 49th on the PGA Tour per round last season in total strokes gained (.578) and was a positive in all SG categories except for around the green, where he lost a meager .003 strokes.
Riley was 16th in birdies per round (4.15) in 2021-22.
He was also 32nd in scoring average (70.259).
Hitting it straight off the tee is priority No. 1 this week at Silverado. If you’re accurate enough, you can still pull driver and go for more distance. Riley’s got the right combo, as he finished eighth in total driving.
This is Riley’s second Fortinet Championship appearance. He missed the cut in 2021, but only by one after respectable rounds of 72-70 in his debut.
After playing in lots of events last season, a few weeks off should have him refreshed and ready to contend in his sophomore campaign.