New World Golf Rankings July 23, 2012

The new world golf rankings are out, and I find the top ten interesting.

1. Luke Donald
2. Tiger Woods
3. Rory McIlroy
4. Lee Westwood
5. Webb Simpson
6. Adam Scott
7. Bubba Watson
8. Jason Dufner
9. Matt Kuchar
10. Justin Rose

Tiger is racing up the charts based on two wins and strong showings in the Majors. Luke Donald hangs on by virtue of his unspectacular consistency. I honestly think we’ll see Tiger back at #1 soon. It would come as no surprise to me to find he wins the Bridgestone, a course where he has played well in the past. Other than the Bridgestone, the PGA is the only tournament currently on Tiger’s schedule (although he surely will participate in the Playoffs). I don’t think he wins the PGA.

As for the others, a win at the PGA would help their cases. Any of the top ten would be fine possibilities as winners. But given the strange competitive balance in golf right now, the PGA winner likely is someone we aren’t thinking about.

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2 thoughts on “New World Golf Rankings July 23, 2012”

  1. Tiger has 3+ wins (Bay Hill, Memorial, ATT) – and the silly season Chevron thing.  The Chevron thing does carry points.

    The only reason Tiger is not #1 right now, is the same flaw in the OWGR system that kept Tiger at that spot for all of 2010 without a win.  So he deserves it now, but didn’t then.  Anyone find it odd that Zach Johnson #2 in FedEx points, is not in the top 10 (he is 12)?  Neither is Mahan (#13) who has 2 PGA wins this year, and 4 top 10 finishes. 

    So much for Majors!  Of the top 4, only McIlroy has a Major win which impacts OWGR points. 

    Anyone want to pick some players for the PGA?  Normally I would say Donald and Westwood clearly don’t have a chance, but at this point with the current round-robin method of winners in majors, they probably are about due.  I know I am picking my fantasy team by going with the top 20 players who don’t have a major.  Dufner, Mahan, Fowler, Kuchar & Dustin are at the top of that list for me.

  2. Yes I agree I think Tiger will be back at the world number ranking very soon. I’m pleased Adam Scott has moved up to number 6.

    He may have disappointed in the final round of the 2012 British Open but he has been the most consistent player at all 3 majors. A top 10, top 15 and now a top 5.


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