While the European PGA Tour has a few weeks left to go before the “Race to Dubai” concludes their season, the PGA Tour has pretty much finished on this side of the Atlantic and the off-season is finally here.
After 36 weeks of regular tournaments, followed by the Ryder Cup, it is time for the World’s Top 25 to receive their final grade for the season they just finished. If your favorite golfer is in the Top 25, then that in and of itself is a substantial accomplishment. You really cannot give them a real letter grade because those golfers have shown us they are the best of the best.
So, we will grade them on the old check system. If the golfer performed to their expectation levels, then they get a straight check. If they had some big fumbles in their game, the dreaded check-minus gets assigned. If you are Rory McIlroy and have a career-defining year, then that draws the check-plus.
All players are ranked on the Official Golf World Ranking list as of play on Sunday, September 30th, 2012.
World No. 26 is Ian Poulter. Ryder Cup success does not change the rankings, but he gets an honorary check-plus for his play at Medinah and his putting display at the PGA Championship.