Top golfers of May 2016
Jordan Spieth won his first tournament in Texas, but did he make the list? (Source: Star-Telegram)

Top golfers of May 2016

May was filled with dominating performances. Who were the top golfers entering the summer?

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Anthony Distler

If you love superstar performances in golf, than May was perfect for you. Whether it was golfers trying to separate themselves from the rest of the pack, or new superstars bringing their game to a new level, May had several noteworthy performances. Entering the busiest season of the year, these golfers will be looking to take their recent successes and translate them into major victories.

Jordan Spieth

Spieth lands himself on this list thanks to his dazzling back nine performance at Colonial which secured his first victory in his home state of Texas, as well as his first win since his disappointing Masters finish in April. Jordan proved that he put the Masters behind him and he's looking to further cement his legacy at the ripe age of 22, but while his victory last week was impressive, he was outshined by the new number one player in the world.

Jason Day

Day hoisting his Players Championship trophy (Agence France-Presse)

Jason Day has come out strong in 2016 after having an incredibly solid 2015. After a T10 finish at The Masters, Day finished T5 in New Orleans to begin the month, and dominated on his way to a four stroke, wire-to-wire victory at The Players Championship two weeks later. That makes three victories for Day so far this year, including a World Golf Championship and The Players. While Jordan Spieth is looking strong, Day continues to lead the Official World Golf Rankings, and enters major season red hot. With Spieth picking up a win in Texas and Rory McIlroy winning in Europe, The Big Three continue to separate themselves from the rest of the world. Both McIlroy and Spieth, however, continue to look up at Day. 

Ariya Jutanugarn

Jutanugarn has three reasons to smile (Getty Images)

The LPGA Tour held three tournaments in the month of May. Ariya Jutanugarn won them all. Jutanugarn became the first player from Thailand to win on the LPGA Tour when she won the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic by one stroke. She then held on to win the Kingsmill Championship by a stroke two weeks later before cruising to a five shot victory at the Volvik Championship. This accomplishment makes Jutanugarn the first player in LPGA history to win three tournaments in a row. Greatness was expected from Jutanugarn early on, as she had many top finishes as a teenager, including a runner up finish in her home country at 17 years old. She continued that form when she won on the Ladies European Tour later that year, but an injury in 2013, coupled with inconsistencies in her rookie year on the LPGA Tour last year pushed Jutanugarn down the rankings. She has got it all back, and then some, as she now sits at 10th in the Rolex Rankings. The next time we will see Ariya in action will be the Women's PGA Championship, were she will attempt to not only win four in a row, but win her first ever major championship.

Kyung-Tae Kim

Source: Golf Digest Japan

If you don't follow Asian golf, then you could be forgiven if you don't know the name of perhaps the hottest golfer on the planet. South Korea's K.T. Kim, playing on the Japan Tour, has won eight times since the beginning of 2015, an incredibly impressive streak that has gotten him invitations into the remaining three majors, as well as the World Golf Championship events. He has catapulted to 37th in the world rankings, which normally would be uncharted territory for a relative unknown from Asia, but Kim was here once before, being ranked as high as 25th back in 2011. This is the best golf Kim has ever played, however, and since teeing it up as the WGC-Cadillac Invitational, Kim hasn't finished worse than T3. He has three victories this season, including two in May. Kim will be teeing it up alongside the best players in the world in a few weeks at the US Open, and while others may have more name recognition, few can say they're playing as well as Kim is right now. 

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