It was a tight race determining the top spot in this week’s power rankings. Emiliano Grillo gets the nod due to his combination of course history and current form.
Starting with the former, the Argentine owns two top-three finishes in three starts at the 3M Open. In his debut in 2020, Grillo carded 71-68-64-65 to finish three shots back in T-3rd.
After a missed cut at TPC Twin Cities in 2021, Grillo bounced back for T-2nd (67-65-67-71) to once again finish three back.
Last year, Grillo was 26th or higher in the field in every strokes gained category. He was fourth tee-to-green (2.7), eighth in approach (1.48), and ninth off-the-tee (.91).
Recent results have been strong for Grillo. He earned his second career PGA Tour title this spring at the Charles Schwab Challenge. He later added T-15th at the Travelers Championship and earned T-6th last week at The Open Championship.
Confidence should be brewing from the 30-year-old’s first top-10 in a major. If not for a 74 on Friday at Royal Liverpool, Grillo would have really been in the mix with rounds in the 60s to begin and end his tournament.
His 5-under 66 on Thursday had him in a share for the lead.
Grillo ranks in or near the top 50 in every strokes gained category except for around-the-green. He’s a good driver when in form and has made 344 birdies this season on the PGA Tour, which ranks eighth.
He’s also 47th in par breakers (22.22%).