World No. 1 Tenure:
- April 20, 1997-April 26, 1997
Career Notes: 1996 Open Championship winner Tom Lehman leaped to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking thanks to strong play in 1995 and 1996. During the two seasons, Lehman won three times and recorded a total of 18 top-10 finishes. The fly-fishing aficionado won more than $4 million between 1995 and 1997.
Lehman only won once on the PGA Tour after 1996, however. And between 1983 and 2013, he only won in three tour seasons.
Why He's Here: Although his 345 cuts in 484 career tour starts is respectable—a total of five wins with one major—it's not the stuff that world No. 1s are made of. Lehman's week-long spell at the top of the heap was sandwiched between periods of Greg Norman's (near-six-month) dominance.
It is only due to the vagaries of the OWGR that Lehman ever ascended to the top position: Norman never should have vacated the No. 1 slot. Further, it's somewhat silly that any golfer should spend just one week at top.
Thanks to his brief stint in peak position and his B-minus of a career, Lehman assumes the top spot in this list.
*All stats via PGATour.com and OWGR.com.