Top Major Players: 10th through 8th
10. Cameron Smith (-0.52)
The 2022 British Open champion closed the Masters with rounds of 75-75 to finish t34, sabotaging his overall score for the season. His finishes of t9 at the PGA and fourth at the U.S. Open resuscitated his 2023 standing. But in his title defense at Hoylake, Smith was ordinary. His score of 285 was 14 strokes behind Harman and good only for a tie for 33rd.
9. Patrick Reed (-0.54)
Reed closed with a 68 at Augusta to tie for fourth, five strokes behind Rahm. He followed that with a credible t18 at the PGA but was a non-factor at the U.S. Open, tying for 56th. Reed’s British Open showing, a tie for 33rd, was good enough to bring him home a respectable ninth for the Major season, but ordinary enough to prevent him from rising any higher.
8. Tommy Fleetwood (-0.62)
Fleetwood made such a good run of it at Hoylake that his failure to rank higher for the season as a whole may be surprising. Blame it on Augusta National, where he finished 33rd. It sent him far enough back in the pack that even his t18 at the PGA, t5 at the U.S. Open, and t10 at the British couldn’t lift him into the overall top five.