The NBA 2K series has become the most popular sports video game franchise in the world. The announcement of player ratings for the game have also grown in popularity, with many players waiting eagerly each year to see who the best players are.
So, what if 2K Sports had a golf game? What would the ratings of the world’s top 15 players look like?
The typical rating system goes from 40 overall to 99 overall. A combination of offensive and defensive ratings add up to a player's overall rating.
For this piece, we’re just simply going to give the overall ratings. So, without further ado, here are my 2K ratings for the top 15 golfers on the Official World Golf Rankings.
Dustin Johnson: Overall 97
One of the most consistent golfers of the last 15 years, Johnson has won at least one tournament every year for his career. His 2016 U.S. Open victory and his most recent win at the Northern Trust, helped him inch that much closer to the Hall of Fame. Not only this, he’s arguably the most powerful driver in PGA Tour history.
Jordan Spieth: Overall 98
With three major championships before the age of 25, Spieth is on his way to a career of brilliant proportions. He’s already one of the greatest putters of all-time, as he’s a threat to make any putt, no matter what the distance. The 2017 Champion Golfer of the Year also has developed himself as an elite scrambler. He is the highest rated player on our list, and it shouldn’t be a shock.
Hideki Matsuyama: Overall 96
A player who is destined to win a major championship sooner rather than later, has had some close calls. In particular, at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills and the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow. He’s the best ball striker in the game, and is also a streaky putter when he’s charging. It wouldn’t be a shock if he reaches the top spot on the OWGR in the future. This is why Matsuyama is the third highest-rated player on our list.
Rory McIlroy: Overall 94
A player who has already established himself as one of the all-time greats, McIlroy comes in at a 94 overall rating. This rating is due heavily to his roller coaster passed couple of seasons. Just a year ago, he was holding the FedEx Cup in victory. He’s still a very dangerous player, and one of the best all-around players in the world. Like Spieth, McIlroy is trying to complete the career grand slam, and he will have another opportunity at the Masters next season.
Jon Rahm: Overall 91
It’s tough to believe that Rahm is a rookie, with his stellar play this season. His incredible eagle putt at Torrey Pines to win his first title has gone down as one of the best highlights in recent memory. Just last year, as an amateur, Rahm was 766th in the world, now he made his way to the top five. Be prepared to hear Rahm’s name on Sundays at the majors down the road.
Justin Thomas: Overall 95
The 2017 PGA Champion has had a monster year in route to possibly grabbing the Player of the Year honors. He’s a birdie and eagle machine ranking second in birdie average and first in eagles. If there’s anybody that’s a threat to guys like Spieth and Johnson, it’s Thomas. Oh, did I mention he shot a 59 too? In short, he’s really good, but you know that already.
Sergio Garcia: Overall 88
The expressive Spaniard has had quite a career with 31 worldwide wins, including his breakthrough major win at the 2017 Masters Tournament. His 88 overall rating is due to how quiet he has been since that huge win at Augusta. Nonetheless, he’s still a very solid player, approaching the age of 40.
Henrik Stenson: Overall 91
The 2016 Champion Golfer of the Year has remained solid overall since that unforgettable victory at Royal Troon. He captured his first title since then, at the Wyndham Championship, where he broke the tournament scoring record to win. Arguably one of the greatest ball strikers of all-time, the “Iceman” is still a major threat in golf, which is he why he ties phenom, Rahm with a 91 rating.
Jason Day: Overall 92
It’s been a quiet year for the 2015 PGA Champion, whose last victory came at the 2016 Players Championship. He did have a shot at capturing the AT&T Byron Nelson title, but lost to Billy Horschel in a playoff, which turned out to be a nail biter. Despite this, Day is still arguably the most complete golfer in the sport today, which is why is has earned a 92 and could easily be higher.
Rickie Fowler: Overall 90
Arguably the most consistent player on the PGA Tour, yet to win a major, Fowler went from just a popular, flashy player, to being one of the more dangerous players around. He has had an impressive eight top 10 finishes in the majors. He also captured his seventh worldwide win at the Honda Classic earlier this season. He won’t be majorless for long.
Alex Noren: Overall 87
Noren is arguably the most consistent player on the European Tour. He won an amazing, four times last year, and grabbed another title this year at the BMW PGA Championship. A top 10 finish at this season’s Open Championship helped introduce Noren to fans all over the world. He could’ve been tied with Garcia with an 87 rating, but without a major, he’s a solid 87, but that rating can rise soon.
Brooks Koepka: Overall 94
Joining McIlroy in the 94 club is U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who put on a heck of a show on Sunday at Erin Hills for his first major title. The laid back, power hitting Florida native is known for his ability to win all over the world. He has two wins on the PGA Tour, two on the European Tour, and one on the Japan Golf Tour. He also finished within the top 15 in his last six majors.
Matt Kuchar: Overall 90
“Kuch” almost grabbed his first major at The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale this year, where he and Spieth were in a classic dog fight. Despite not having a major, Kuchar is one of the best players in the 2000’s, with 13 professional wins to his credit. Had he defeated Spieth at Birkdale, his rating would’ve been higher but 90 is very good for the Olympic bronze medalist.
Paul Casey: Overall 85
Casey hasn’t won a tournament since 2014 when he captured the KLM Open for his 13th title on the European Tour. Much like Kuchar, Casey is one of the great veteran players who have yet to win a major. He came close last year when he finished in a tie for fourth at the Masters and a tie for 10th at the PGA Championship. He also had a great showing early on at this year’s U.S. Open, where he was a co-leader after day one.
Justin Rose: Overall 89
Rounding out the top 15 is Justin Rose who nearly defeated Garcia in a doozy of a Masters Tournament to help punch his ticket to the Hall of Fame. However, he likely doesn’t need another major. With seven wins on the PGA Tour and nine on the European Tour, including winning the U.S. Open in 2013, Rose’s ticket to the Hall may already be punched. On top of all that, he won the Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio to add to a decorative career.
So, there you have it, the 2K ratings for the top 15 players in golf today. What would your player ratings be? Have an honorable mention? Let me know on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio.
Colin Mieczkowski is the Founder of the GP Golf Report as well as a writer for FanSided. He’s an avid gamer who loves the sport of golf, and has written several golf video game related stories. He can be followed on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio.