July 16, 2018
Eagle McMahon wins the first PDGA Major of the year and solidifies his position as the #1 Ranked player in the world. Simon Lizotte and Paul McBeth, finishing 2nd and 3rd, increase their win percentages. Chris Dickerson with his win stateside advances 4.7% and moves up to 18th in the Power Rankings.
July 9, 2018
The Discraft Great Lakes Open thrilled us in many ways. Paul McBeth won in convincing fashion while shooting what may have been the greatest round in disc golf history. Nikko Locastro's strong third place finish moves him up four spots to eighth. Cale Leiviska makes the biggest jump, moving up eight spots to eleventh.
July 2, 2018
During a travel week for many players, Cale Leiviska's 2nd at The Majestic moves him up 6 spots to 19th. Kevin Jones and Nikko Locastro (1st and 2nd at the St. Louis Open) each improve their win percentage, with Nikko leapfrogging two spots to land in 12th in this week's Power Rankings.
June 25, 2018
Carding 1st and 2nd respectively at the Utah Open, Wysocki and McBeth gain a little ground on Eagle McMahon who finished third. Joel Freeman and Kevin Jones both jump three spots with their top ten finishes.
June 18, 2018
With the win at the Beaver State Fling, Eagle McMahon maintains his hold on the top spot in our Power Rankings. Paul Ulibarri, Kevin Jones and Drew Gibson make some positive moves. Drew Gibson is the highest ranked player to have never won a DGPT event
October 17, 2017
Well folks, there’s a cold nip in the air and the leaves are starting to change and fall down (depending on where you’re reading this), which can only mean one thing: We have reached the end of the road for the 2017 season…And what a time it is to be a fan of the sport! This past weekend we saw an incredible battle of some of the finest players of the world in the National Tour finale—the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic. If you haven’t had time to review the results or watch the footage—what are you doing?? Seriously, check it out—stop reading, right now, surf over to YouTube and watch the fantastic coverage from Jomez Pro. If ever there was a must-watch event, this was surely it. Go on now, I’ll wait… Pretty amazing, right? Let’s take a closer look at the results and how they affected our DGPT Power Rankings. One for the Ages A fantastic three days of play culminated in a finish for the ages with an excitement-packed 3-man playoff. Our final day of play saw a lead card of Ricky Wysocki, Devan Owens, Austin Turner, and James Conrad all tied up, with the entire chase card only one stroke back. Ricky fought through some unfortunate missteps, including a spit-out from less than 10 feet, to find his way into a 3-way tie with Simon Lizotte, emerging from the chase card, and Paul McBeth, charging from the 3rd card with an incredible final round 54. It took 3 nerve-wracking extra holes for Ricky to see Paul/Simon slip slidin’ away and emerge as champ, though he still couldn’t quite overcome Paul for the top spot in the Power Rankings. Simon’s finish didn’t move him either, as he stayed firmly in 5th. Owens has been playing some great golf lately and his 3rd place finish bumped him into our rankings at 25. Similarly, James Conrad moved up 2 spots to 17 with his T-5 finish with the young gun Austin Turner, who held steady at 23. A T-8 finish for Michael Johansen moved him up one to 11, but dropped Zach Melton one spot to 25. Philo Brathwaite and A.J. Risley, who celebrated a birthday with an incredible opening round 50, tied for 10th, but Philo’s ranking didn’t move and Risley couldn’t quite crack the top 25. Despite a solid T-16 finish for Jeremy Koling, he slid a spot to 10th, while Paul Ulibarri’s T-24 also knocked him down two places to 19th, and JohnE McCray tumbled four spots to 12 after tying for 19th. On the other side of the moves, K.J. Nybo and Josh Anthon benefitted from not playing, with each gaining 2 spots to 8th and 9th, respectively. So it’s down to a 2-man race for the top spot, and Paul is in the driver’s seat. It’s still possible for Rick to overtake him, but he can finish no worse than 6th this weekend and must beat Paul by 10 places to grab 1st place. But as we saw this past weekend, anything can happen.
September 25, 2017
Our MPO rankings are unchanged this week, and with the men largely taking the week off or playing in smaller local events, it was the women’s turn in the spotlight. The 2017 United States Women’s Disc Golf Championship came to Johnson City, TN as thirty-six of the world’s best golfers took on Winged Deer, Harmon Hills, and Pine Oaks for four exciting rounds of action.
September 18, 2017
disc golfers in the world converged on Brewster Ridge and Fox Run Disc Golf courses for four rounds of fun and challenging competition. There was no shortage of excitement as the field battled for victory as well as one last chance at qualifying for the DGPT Tour Championship. Doss is Boss After a sizeable title drought in any major tour events, Nate Doss finally put it all together to shoot 44 strokes under par over the four rounds of the GMC, holding off putting wizard Michael Johansen and defending world champ Ricky Wysocki. Nate’s stellar play earned him a title and moved him up to 7th in the Power Rankings. Wysocki made up a bit of ground on McBeth, who withdrew halfway through Round 2 with a back injury, but Rick (3rd) still couldn’t take over the top spot. Despite a strong GMC performance from Johansen (2nd), MJ dropped to 12th largely due to sitting out the NDGO the prior week. Cale Leiviska also had a great showing, taking 4th place in the GMC, but he couldn’t steal 3rd in the Power Rankings from Simon Lizotte (T-25), instead holding firm at fourth. A T-39 finish for both Eagle McMahon and Seppo Paju bumped Eagle into the top 10 in 9th place and dropped Seppo 6 spots to 15th. A slightly better T-36 pulled Jalle Stoor up 5 spots to 16th in the Rankings. Top-ten GMC finishes from Philo Brathwaite (T-8) and Paul Ulibarri (5) earned the former 6 spots and the latter 9 as they now sit in 17th and 18th, respectively. Greg Barsby’s T-15 finish also allowed him to stay in our rankings at 24.
September 5, 2017
Vibram Open at the beautiful Maple Hill DGC in Leicester, MA. A completely stacked field of pros, featuring 22 of our top 25 players in MPO and 8 of 15 in FPO turned out to put on a show for some great crowds. What started out as a gorgeous setting turned a little dreary on the final day as heavy rain moved into the area and soaked the course and the competitors, giving everyone some additional challenges to deal with as they fought for the title. For the ladies, in addition to a sizeable field at Maple Hill, the bare minimum of four 870+ FPO players competed at the Northwoods Open in Wisconisn. The tournament outcomes resulted in some notable shifts on both the men’s and women’s side in the Power Rankings, so let’s see how things shook out. Ricky Repeats Maple Hill provided a spectacular setting for our field and we were rewarded with some spectacular golf, including THREE aces, two of which were captured on camera (check out Jomez Pro on YouTube if you haven’t seen them), and one of which even made the Sportscenter Top 10. The latter belonged to Gregg Barsby with a big hyzer forehand on hole 5 in the 3rd round. Though he couldn’t convert the ace into a win, Gregg continues to play at a high level and finally broke into our top 25 at 23rd with a 4th place finish. Also on camera was Cale Leiviska skipping in a sweet ace on the 4th hole on the first day of play. He ended up tied for 7th and maintains 4th place in the rankings. Unfortunately no cameras caught Philo Brathwaite nailing the 14th in his first round,but he can still celebrate. However, a lackluster T-42 finish resulted in him dropping three spots to 19. Ricky Wysocki began the final round tied with Gregg Barsby but fought off the elements and some incredible charges from chase card members Eagle McMahon and Paul McBeth, who seemed unfazed by the rain while carding final round scores of -7 and -6 to nearly force a playoff, but coming up just short and tying for 2nd. Ricky still couldn’t overtake Paul in the standings, but Eagle soared up two spots to #11. Also playing stellar golf in the rain was Simon Lizotte, whose final round best 8-under 52 tied him for a 7th place finish and allowed him to keep a hold of the 3rd spot in the Power Rankings. It looks like the Simon of old is reappearing, and he is sure to pose a threat in every remaining tournament that he plays. James Conrad kept up his great woods play, and Nate Sexton was right there with him as they tied for 5th. James gained 2 spots to land in 13th and Nate hopped up one into 5th. Other big movers on the weekend were Seppo Paju, who landed back in our rankings at 16 after dropping off last week, and Matthew Orum, tying for 11th and ending up at 20 in the Power Rankings. While Drew Gibson and Josh Anthon also tied for 11th, Drew only gained one spot to reenter our standings in 25th, and Josh dropped one to 12th. Elsewhere, Niko Locastro (T-22) moved up a spot, while Steve Brinster (T-20) and Bobby Musick (T-29) slid 3 and 5 spots, respectively. Nate Doss (9), Jeremy Koling (T-15), Michael Johansen (T-17), Austin Turner (T-33), Paul Ulibarri (T-38), and Chris Clemons (T-42) all held onto their previous places in the rankings.