Tag Archives: world golf rankings

May
16
2014

How long will Scott hold on to the top spot?

If the projected rankings pan out, Adam Scott will play his first event as the world’s number one player at next week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational.  Scott has made several changes to his game that have catapulted him to the top.

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Dec
6
2011

Worth a leap of 31 places in the world ranking? I think not.

Tiger Woods’ spectacular birdie-birdie finish at the Chevron World Challenge didn’t just earn the former World Number One his first tournament victory in two years, it vaulted him from a lowly 52nd in the official world rankings to a scarcely believable resting place on the periphery of the top-twenty.

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Jun
1
2011
By Conor Nagle under General

Snap! Injuries have succeeded technique as the Irishman's biggest worry

Padraig Harrington has slipped to 50th in this week’s world golf rankings, placing his status as a fixture in the top tier of international golf under threat. Recuperating after the aggravation of separate knee and  hamstring injuries, the three-time major champion is not set to return to competitive golf until the next week’s FedEx St. Jude Championship, by which point he will almost certainly have slipped outside the top 50 for the first time in over a decade (where does the time go?).

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May
30
2011
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

Donald outlasted Westwood in a sudden-death play-off

Nearly five years ago, when Luke Donald first announced his ambition to one day sit atop the world rankings, he was roundly mocked as callow, presumptuous, even delusional. After all, this was a player whose only real brush with greatness, in the final group of the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah, had left him looking thoroughly outclassed.

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Jan
22
2011
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

Efficient AND German, you say? Surely not.

Remember Martin Kaymer’s three-shot lead in Abu Dhabi? Well, it’s five shots now and it looks like the German is sailing to his ninth European Tour title after carding a 66 to match his opening rounds of 67 and 65. A win for the German would see him move into second place in the world rankings, guaranteeing Tiger Woods’ lowest ranking since 2004 in the process.

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Oct
11
2010

The whole notion of ranking golfers is pretty silly, considering players aren’t seeded like they are in tennis tournaments, and they can’t earn byes, like in the NFL. Rankings don’t determine tee times, they barely affect fields and there is no tangible difference between being No. 10 and No. 1.

Since rankings are meaningless, why not have fun with them? Maybe they should be a poll, like the AP college football Top 25. (Instead, they pretty much imitate the BCS.) It’s all for entertainment purposes, anyway.

Apparently the math works out that Lee Westwood will pass Tiger Woods on Oct. 31 for No. 1 in the world. The timing isn’t really indicative of golf’s current landscape, considering Westwood just announced he is hurt and won’t compete for the next month. And after sucking for the first eight months of the year, Woods is actually playing kinda decent now, but he’s finally going to lose his ranking. Meanwhile, Martin Kaymer just won his third straight start, which also moved him to No. 4 in the world.

But where would Kaymer be ranked in a top 25 poll considering his entire body of work for 2010? Here’s my ballot, using the unscientific concoction of overall year, with a bias toward recent play (and probably Americans):

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Jul
19
2010

The latest World Golf Rankings are out, and Lee Westwood is breathing down Phil Mickelson’s neck in the race for the heir to Tiger Woods’ throne as the game’s No. 1 player.

With his sneaky second place at the British Open on Sunday, Westwood made up almost all of the ground he trailed Phil Mickelson, the No. 2 player in the world. Woods lost more points with his tie for 23rd, but he maintained his perch atop the standings with an average of 10.14. Mickelson also dropped with his tie for 48th, settling in at a new average of 9.38, while Westwood climbed from 8.09 to 9.15 with his latest runner-up.

Sounds like there’s a new name to add to the weekly story: Woods can lose his No. 1 ranking if…

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