May
23
2014
Race for number one ranking is heating up
By Bernie D'Amato under Official World Golf Ranking

Respect

The world golf rankings are entering a volatile phase, and with Matt Kuchar missing the cut at the Crowne Plaza, the race for the number one spot is now between Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson.

Scott became the number one player on Monday, and is currently facing his first test to retain the ranking. World no. 3 Henrik Stenson has an opportunity to pass Scott if he finishes higher at the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship than Scott finishes at the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational.

Stenson is leading the race with a T5 at Wentworth, while Scott is T36 at Colonial. If you like going by score, Stenson is five shots behind the leaders, and Scott is six shots behind Brice Garnett.

I’ll be honest, the race for number one is not as heated as it could be. Scott is in Texas and Stenson is in England, and no one has said anything other than the standard, “I have to focus on my game, not the ranking.” They are approaching this volatile period in the rankings the right way, but from an entertainment standpoint, we have little to talk about.

However, both Scott and Stenson are in the prime of their respective careers, so it will be interesting to see how well they handle the spotlight. The number one ranking has the potential to transform an event into something more. This either helps the player sharpen their focus, or distracts the player from executing one shot at a time.

Crowne Plaza Invitational leaderboard.

BMW PGA Championship leaderboard.

–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)

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