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Who was the best player in 2018?

Since 2014, Paul McBeth and Ricky Wysocki have held the top two spots in the DGPT Power Rankings . In 2014 and 2015, McBeth held the top spot. In 2016 and 2017, Ricky Wysocki claimed the title. While Eagle McMahon got very close to nabbing the #2 spot from Wysocki for the 2018 season, Ricky maintained the spot. In fact, this was the closest the top three players have been since 2009 when Josh Anthon, Nate Doss and Barry Schultz held the top three spots.
While his season started “slow” with no Pro Tour, National Tour, or Major victories until the San Francisco Open in late May, Paul McBeth would end up winning three Pro Tours, two National Tours and one PDGA Major making the 2019 season another dominant season and putting him on top of the annual Power Rankings.

On the women’s side, Paige Pierce started 2018 in the number one spot and held it wire to wire. She won the first nine events of the season, including three Pro Tour and three National Tour events. From that point forward, late May at the San Francisco Open where Sarah Hokom would card her first Pro Tour victory of the season, her lead in the Power Rankings has consistently slipped.
She would finish the year with four Pro Tour, three National Tour, and one PDGA Major victory. What looked to be the single most dominant season of all time fell off to be an average season for the world’s best player. From June through December, Paige’s lead in the Power Ranking percentage fell from over 15 points to to less than five. Sarah Hokom leads a cast of women athletes looking to put even more pressure on Pierce as we prepare for the 2019 season. The depth of the women’s field is truly inspiring.