Have you ever wondered where the top professionals on the PGA Tour call home? According to a golf.com article, more than half of the 228 Tour players living in the USA live within just five communities. The statistics speak for themselves…no matter where a player is born, it is certain that they will move to one of top golfing zip codes in order to have better weather to practice in, but also the ability to talk with, practice with, or play golf with the rest of golf’s elite players at their convenience.
You know the old saying, ‘if you want to be the best, then you have to beat the best‘….or at least train with them. And that can only get easier if you live close to your competition.
Rickie Fowler, a Jupiter resident, in an interview with golf.com, said: “It’s cool to be a part of [a community of golfers]…I don’t necessarily see it as strange and different because in high school I had a really good team and was able to play and practice with my buddies. [In] college I had a really good team and was able to play and practice with my buddies, we were able to push each other. And then being here, being with guys like JT, who lives right down the street, to Tiger [Woods], Rory [McIlroy], Ernie [Els], Luke [Donald], the list goes on.”
Statistics according to Golf.com:
(Tour pros follow certain migration patterns. The most pro-rich states? Texas (38) and Florida (70).
Taking into account all the data above, researchers decided to do a study which golf community – if they were divided into teams – would be the best. Each location is given a Scouting Report, for example, the Las Vegas:
“This is my underdog team,” Dylan Diether from Golf Magazine wrote. “Stoic group of veterans with well-honed poker faces? Sign me up.”
The Ground Rules for this ranking: “Each player must have PGA Tour status and officially reside (based on Tour data) within 25 miles of his team’s city. Five players per team.”
While the report ranks the top 11 teams, we are going to take a look at the Top-5. Interestingly enough, the Top-5 have shifted positions since their first ranking in February 2018. Below are the Top-5 ranking teams as of today. The fact that there are shifts in the rankings in only two months proves the talent within the game of golf is at a new peak. Each player we know has a dedicated work ethic but it also helps when they try to keep up with their competitors who so happen to be their friends and neighbors.
No.5, Dallas, Texas: 27 PGA Tour players in residence. Team members would include Jordan Spieth (No. 3 OWGR), Si Woo Kim (No. 51), Sung Kang (No. 102), Bryson Dechambeau (No. 62) and Whee Kim (No. 147).
Official World Golf Ranking of April 12th = 73
No.4 Sea Island, Georgia: 13 PGA Tour players in residence. Team members would include Matt Kuchar (No. 21), Brian Harman (No. 23), Zach Johnson (No. 57), Patton Kizzire (No. 54) and Hudson Swafford (No. 124).
OWGR as of April 12th = 55.8
No.3A Jupiter, Florida TEAM B: 35 pros in residence. Jupiter has an insane amount of pros residing there that it was necessary to break it down into two teams. Team B members would include Alex Noren (No. 17), Daniel Berger (No. 36), Patrick Cantlay (No. 35), Peter Uihlein (No. 64) and Keegan Bradley (No. 71).
(Team B–added to show the immense amount of talent living in Jupiter, FL)
OWGR as of April 12th = 44.6
No.3B Orlando, Florida has 19 pros in residence. Team members would include Henrik Stenson (No. 15), Gary Woodland (No. 34), Ian Poulter (No. 31), Charles Howell III (No. 58) and Bubba Watson (No. 19).
OWGR as of April 12th = 31.4
No.2 Scottsdale, Arizona: 21 PGA Tour players in residence. Players include Jon Rahm (No. 4), Paul Casey (No. 13), Pat Perez (No. 22), Chez Reavie (No. 47) and James Hahn (No. 63).
OWGR as of April 12th = 29.8
No.1 Jupiter, Florida TEAM A: 35 PGA Tour players in residence. This team is beyond spectacular and comes in with an average world ranking of 5. Wow! The team would be made up of Dustin Johnson (No. 1), Justin Thomas (No. 2), Rickie Fowler (No. 6), Brooks Koepka (No. 9) and Rory McIlroy (No. 7).
OWGR as of April 12th = 5
Although Team Jupiter clearly outranks any of the other communities, whom would you pick for the community versus community professional golf challenge? Personally, I think it would be a fun to make the tournament match play making it a fun addition to the Tour schedule. We will just have to wait and see.