Tiger Woods is not the No. 1 player in the world right now.
There, I said it.
The ranking system is flawed and he is undeserving of that honor.
However, in a year of professional golf defined by parity, 10 outstanding golfers have out-shined the rest.
From Matt Kuchar's No. 1 ranking in overall statistics on Tour to Ernie Els' multiple wins this season and near major victory at the US Open, the realm of golf emits a new-found thrill without the overwhelming, overshadowing presence of Tiger Woods at the forefront.
Golf has never been a one-dimensional sport, but instead, the kind that rewards those who can fuse the various elements of the game under pressure.
A long hitter like Bubba Watson would not be intimidating if he didn't blend his length with precise touch inside 100 yards. Similarly, a shorter striker of the ball like Jim Furyk would not be such a constant threat week in and week out if he didn't have such exceptional accuracy from tee to green.
There's been an indisputably dramatic level of competition roaring through the PGA Tour this season and these 10 gifted golfers have led the way.