With the current Number One golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings(OWGR), Tiger Woods, sitting tournament after tournament out due to back surgery, who is most likely to replace him as the number one player. More importantly, does it really matter? Not many fans understand the rankings, and fewer yet really care who is number one, or two, or…..?
Since Tiger had his back surgery, and during his convalescence, the number two player, Adam Scott, and others have had the chance to displace him, but to date, they haven’t been able to get the job done.
Even as recent as the Players Championship, Scott, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson, and Matt Kuchar all had an opportunity to leave Ponte Vedra with the number one world ranking, and none did.
The Tour Confidential gang at Sports Illustrated Golf.com had this discussion. They pretty much share my opinion, that the number one ranking only matters to golfers, not fans.
The Official World Golf Rankings are a lot like the old BCS Rankings in College Football. They use computer statistics and after munching on the data for a while, it spits names out in an order.
Fans don’t understand the use of the numbers, and have no idea how the rankings are determined.
Believe me, I attempted several times to get my head around the rankings process, but continued to fall asleep during the attempts. The only thing that is noticable is, winners climb rapidly up the ranks, and descend slowly(not sure why).
The ranking system was instituted to equalize players around the world who were in different associations, and different leagues. It still gives more points to folks that win majors, and WGC events.
So unless you are a member of the PGA, or European Tours, your wins are not going to count for much.
There are also magical milestone numbers where players are eligible for WGC events, the Masters, and the better tournaments. This is why the process is more important to the players, than to fans. Fans watch whoever gets in a tournament, and don’t watch those who don’t.
So whoever displaces Tiger Woods as world number one, they will have no effect on me, as a fan.
All Tiger needs to do, is come back from his surgery and pick up a couple of wins, and he will be number one again. So why should we spend so much time worrying about something we neither understand or affects our lives?
Source: SI Golf.com