Until the last year, I thought the two least understood mathematical systems in the world were Reaganomics, and the College Football BCS Rankings. Then I started to look at the OWGR(Official World Golf Rankings). Wow? A system that was supposed to find equality among golfers on a world-wide basis and who did not necessarily play against each other on a weekly schedule makes the BCS look like third grade math. The biggest question on my mind is how does Rory McIlroy retain the number three position ahead of Adam Scott, Justin Rose, and Jason Dufner who have all won majors this year.
Will Leivenberg, a Feature Columnist at Bleacher Report filed a very nice story on the subject of the Official World Golf Rankings, why it is a dinosaur that needs some attention, and modifications that resemble reality. The sad part about the rankings system as it is, it affects the lives of the people who are on the list, and more than likely in the wrong spots.
This is a follow-up article from Around The Links yesterday. I think this move is inevitable based on the popularity of golf on a world-wide basis. How many of the really good European Tour players are going to have to jump ship before the powers to be think this might be a good idea?
This idea seems like a double-edged sword to me. On one hand, Golf could use a shot in the arm that Fox Sports could provide, but will they destroy the dignity of the game? Will they drive more fans to watch golf, or bring more idiots that feel compelled to yell “Mashed Potatoes” after every tee shot? I think I would rather see them develop a track record with their ability to cover this sport like bringing some attention to the LPGA, or the European Tour before they get the keys to the Mercedes. I sure hope they don’t dent the fenders.
Before golf could bring the likes of Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, and Bobby Jones to our televisions every week, this man had to win the US Open in 1913. Before Francis Ouimet won the US Open 100 years ago, golf was a European game. His feat ignited the fuse which became golf in America. This is an excellent article by Farrell Evans at ESPN, and deserves a read by every golf fan.
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