Sep 21, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Adam Scott (let) shares a laugh with Henrik Stenson (right) during the third round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Golf: Who Is Really Number Two In The World?

The Official World Golf Rankings(OWGR) really confuses me. I don’t have a problem with Tiger Woods being the number one golfer in the world at this point in time. Although he didn’t win a major championship in 2013, he did have an unequaled five wins on the season, including two WGC events, and the Players Championship. That’s pretty darn good in my books. My big problem is with number two.

Adam Scott is currently your second best player in the world, and Henrik Stenson is third. Now the OWGR is probably just as much of a mystery as the BCS in college football, but hey….they have Ohio State as number three, and the OWRG has Rory McIlroy as number six. How is all of that possible? ….I don’t know!

Obviously, in the OWGR, moving backwards is much tougher than moving forward. After all, McIlroy started the 2013 as he well should have, in first place, but without a win during the season has fallen only six places. Let Ohio State lose a game and watch how fast they fall off the list.

Let’s look at the numbers. Tiger Woods has a points index at 12.11, Adam Scott 9.80, and Henrik Stenson at 8.90. Scott had two big victories this year, of course, winning a Green Jacket at Augusta, and the first tournament in the FedEx Cup playoffs at the Barclays. Stinson won two tournaments in the playoffs at The Detche Bank, and the Tour Championship that included the FedEx Cup.

The big Swede also went on to win the Race To Dubai with a win at the DP World Tours Championship. The only differences between the two, was the Masters, and Stinson didn’t play at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Adam Scott finished his 2013 PGA season in 11th place in the FedEx Cup, he made 16 of 16 cuts, and had six top ten finishes. He took a T3 at the WGC Cadillac, another T3 at the Open Championship, and a T 5 at the PGA Championship. He took home just a couple hundred thousand shy of $5 Million Dollars.

Stinson on the other hand, finished third at the PGA, second in the Open Championship, and a T 2 at the Bridgestone, which is a WGC event. He made 16 of 18 cuts, eight top ten finishes. He won the FedEx Cup, and made almost $6.5 Million Dollars.

The only reason I can come up with, is Stinson didn’t play in the WGC-Cadillac, missed the cut at the Honda Classic, and didn’t win a major. Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, and Jason Dufner all won majors this year, and are fourth, fifth, and 10th respectfully.

I propose to you that Henrik Stenson had a better all-around season than Scott, and by playing the Race To Dubai, played a late schedule that was much tougher than that which Adam Scott played at his home base in Australia.

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