With just about half the season gone, Adam Scott sits atop the world rankings, but it is a tremulous position with a number of players seeking to topple him.
As a squadron of rising stars and surging vets jockey for position every week and with three majors still to play, the top spot in the world is anything but secure.
Now that the BCS is gone, the Official World Golf Rankings is perhaps the most convoluted ranking system in sports. It is not necessarily based on what a pro did today or even this month as much as what he did months ago. It also has to do with the quality of the field and the event.
That is why Tiger Woods, who hasn’t held a stick in his hands for over two months, held the top position for so long. Entering the year as No. 1 after scoring five wins in 2013, he had a great season ranking-wise, and no one could surpass him.
What remains baffling is that while still recuperating from his back surgery, he still ranks fourth.
This is how the OWGR explains its procedure: “The World Ranking Points for each player are accumulated over a two year “rolling” period with the points awarded for each event maintained for a 13-week period to place additional emphasis on recent performances.”
If you can understand why or how that works, feel free to comment. I am sure we would all appreciate the insight.
So, we have Henrik Stenson, who hasn’t won this year and has had just one top-10 finish, ranked second in the world, which doesn’t seem to make any sense for the here and now.
Meanwhile, Bubba Watson, who almost won for a second time last week, has jumped from 28th at the end of 2013 all the way to third place. Now that does makes sense.
In the meantime, 2014 is shaping up to be a wild free for all with a number of top players vying for the No. 1 spot in the world. (Note to Patrick Reed: It won’t be you.)
Here is a list of those with the best shot.