As you’ve probably heard, Lee Westwood, who celebrated his 38th birthday with a victory at the Indonesian Masters, recaptured the number-one spot in the official world rankings after Luke Donald lost in a playoff to Brandt Snedeker on the other side of the world at The Heritage. With both Donald and Westwood in contention going into the weekend, it was clear one of them would replace Martin Kaymer, who didn’t compete last week, as No. 1 (if Donald had also won, he would have surpassed Westwood).
“I’m delighted to be coming to the Ballantine’s Championship as World Number One,” Westwood told EuropeanTour.com. “Being top of the Official World Golf Ranking makes me feel very proud and I’m sure Korea’s knowledgeable and passionate golf fans are aware of the hard work and dedication it takes to reach that position.
“I’m very much looking forward to the tournament and hopefully I’ll give the galleries plenty to cheer about in the coming days.”
Westwood returns to the top spot after ending Tiger Woods’ record-breaking 281-week reign last October. Defending PGA champion Martin Kaymer booted Westwood from No. 1 eight weeks ago.
With all the volatility in the world rankings, it’s become a regular talking point. We got used to one guy dominating — which hasn’t been the norm in the 25-year history of OWGR — for the majority of a decade.
In PGA Tour Confidential last night, we discussed who we’d vote as No. 1. I went with Donald because he’s played the most consistently (five top-tens in six starts) in 2011, including a big victory (WGC Match Play Championship). If it were up to you, who do you think should occupy the throne? Is it Westwood? Donald? Kaymer? Tiger? None of the below?
Here are the top-ten players in the world as of this week:
1. Lee Westwood
2. Martin Kaymer
3. Luke Donald
4. Phil Mickelson
5. Graeme McDowell
6. Tiger Woods
7. Rory McIlroy
8. Paul Casey
9. Steve Stricker
10. Matt Kuchar