World Golf Rankings

Lee Westwood is now officially the #1 golfer in the world, which I think also technically makes him the best player in the world to have never won a major.

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Okay, okay.  He didn’t use those exact words.  What he actually said was:

“I don’t think it [the OWGR] means anything.  How could it mean a lot? Tiger [Woods] is No. 1 and hasn’t won a tournament all year”

“To me whoever is playing the best right now is the No. 1 player, not a bunch of computer rankings.”

The man has a point.  And as of Sunday night, the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) will have caught up to reality.  Either Lee Westwood or Martin Kaymer will be the new #1 player in the world.  I’ve expressed my reluctance to embrace a world #1 that has never won a major and only has 2 victories in 12 years on the PGA tour, so I’m hoping that Kaymer will pull through with the Top 2 finish he needs this weekend to grab the spot from Westwood.


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NEWPORT, WALES - OCTOBER 04: Lee Westwood of Europe hits a shot on the ninth hole in the singles matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 4, 2010 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Lee Westwood took over the world #2 spot on Monday.  This weekend he is playing in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and could take over the #1 spot with a 1st or 2nd place finish.

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We have a new #2

by Derek on October 4, 2010

in PGA Tour,World Golf Rankings

As was speculated here last week, Lee Westwood has moved into the #2 spot in the World Golf Rankings.  The ironic thing is that while I agree with the shuffling after Mickelson’s and Westwood’s respective play this past weekend in the Ryder Cup, it was basically irrelevant to the ranking.  Westwood was going to move into the #2 spot regardless of what happened even though he hadn’t played in 2 months.

I understand it mathematically, but something still doesn’t sit quite right with me about moving up in the rankings by not playing any golf.

Photo by Rob Hayashida

In an effort to make the World Golf Rankings as relevant and as understandable as the FedEx Cup, the Golf Channel is reporting that Mickelson will lose his #2 spot to Lee Westwood when the new rankings are released on Monday.  This is especially entertaining because of all the discussion over the past 2 months about the opportunities for Mickelson to take over the #1 spot from Tiger.

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