Who is the second-best golfer in the world after Scottie Scheffler?

It is clear who the best player in the world is, but who is the second best?
Ludvig Aberg - RBC Heritage
Ludvig Aberg - RBC Heritage / Andrew Redington/GettyImages

Scottie Scheffler is dominating men's golf right now and it is indisputable. It feels like he is going to win every time he tees it up. While that much is clear, who is the second-best player as of right now?

Who is the second-best player in the world after Scottie Scheffler?

This question is complicated by the divided world of men's golf right now. One could argue that Jon Rahm is still one of the best players in the world, but people who do not watch LIV Golf only see him at the majors and his Masters showing was not impressive at all.

Given the complicated state of the game, it makes more sense to compare Scheffler to his peers on the PGA Tour, even though he has been peerless as of late.

Rory McIlroy is definitely someone one could argue is the second-best player in the game. This does not have much to do with him winning the recent team event Zurich Classic with his buddy Shane Lowry, but more with the talent we know he possesses.

We know that any given week, if Rory were to tap into his true potential he could definitely give Scheffler a run for his money. The only problem is that we have not really seen Rory anywhere near his best this season. His best finish in an individual event on the PGA Tour this season was at the Valero Texas Open where he finished 3rd, but well behind Akshay Bhatia and Denny McCarthy who squared off in a playoff.

Wyndham Clark and Xander Schauffele are two other names that come to mind. Both of them challenged Scheffler at The Players and Clark was one brutal lip out away from forcing a playoff.

Another name is Ludvig Aberg. Outside of Scheffler, he has been the hottest man in the world of golf recently. He seemingly burst onto the scene out of nowhere for most golf fans last year and has continued his stellar play into 2024. He had a great Masters debut in which he finished 2nd and has looked really solid the whole year racking up 5 top 10 finishes. He could be someone to watch as a potential foil to Scheffler the rest of this season.

As of right now, there is a decent-sized gap between Scheffler and the rest of men's golf.

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There is no definitive second-best player in the world, but there are definitely guys who can and will challenge Scheffler's perch as the best player in the game for the rest of this season.