Professional Golf’s Changing Of The Guard

With Tiger dropping out of the Top 50, and Phil Mickelson flirting with irrelevance, I thought it might interesting to take a look at how the top ten of the World Golf Rankings have change since 2005

Rank 2005 2009 2015 – Week 6
1 Vijay Singh Tiger Woods Rory McIlroy
2 Tiger Woods Phil Mickelson Henrik Stenson
3 Ernie Els Steve Stricker Bubba Watson
4 Retief Goosen Lee Westwood Jason Day
5 Phil Mickelson Padraig Herrington Adam Scott
6 Padraig Harrington Jim Furyk Jim Furyk
7 Sergio Garcia Paul Casey Sergio Garcia
8 Mike Wier Henrik Stenson Justin Rose
9 Davis Love III Rory McIlroy Jordan Spieth
10 Stewart Cink Kenny Perry Matt Kuchar

From 2005, none of the players in the top ten remain. From 2015, there are just two: Rory McIlroy, who climbed from ninth to first, and Jim Furyk, who remains at 7.

It has been a real changing of the guard.

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1 thought on “Professional Golf’s Changing Of The Guard”

  1. Also, Henrik Stenson is on the 2009 chart at 8, and is now #2.

    The most surprising name not on the 2015 list?  Rickie Fowler.

    I know that I have been saying for 6 years that I thought that Tiger would never catch Jack… but I never expected him to stop winning completely.  I am wondering with this short return and then possible re-injury if we may never be able to see him play well again.  I hope that is not the case. 

    I may not be a big Tiger fan, but it was upsetting to see him have to dropout like that.  And I don’t think it was a work (to use a Wrestling term).  I think some of his other injuries have been works, but not this time.


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