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Is everyone OKAY? Anything new? Has hell frozen over? Planets all aligned correctly? Aliens landed?

Lee Westwood has taken over the world #1 spot over Tiger Woods as of yesterday. That may only last for one week though as Tiger, Phil Mickelson and Martin Kaymer are all playing in the HSBC Champions event. With a win in the HSBC, any of those three could take over the world #1 spot.

Are the world golf rankings a joke?

The world rankings have become a bit of a joke in my opinion. They haven’t really reflected who the #1 golfer in the world is for at least a year. My pal Armchair Golf Blog points out that Jack Nicklaus doesn’t care much for the world golf rankings either.

Who has played the best golf over the last year?

And yes, I too wonder how someone who hasn’t won a major can be world #1, though there was a time over the middle of this season when there was nobody on the planet playing better overall golf than Lee Westwood. You could have given Jim Furyk a few votes though.

Who does it really matter to the most?

Who would care about the rankings? I’d say the media, because they need something to talk about. Writers (and bloggers) need something to write about. I just typed four paragraphs about it.

I doubt Tiger Woods cares a bunch, except for the fact that he’ll have to endure the agony of fielding hundreds of dumb questions from the media about it.

Equipment manufacturers would really eat it up if their staff player was #1. So for now, PING (Westwood) has to be riding high. Nike, not so much.

World Golf Rankings Below

If you want to see who is in the top 50 world golf rankings, read below. I’ve read it twice now and I’m not happy. My name wasn’t in there.  It is also interesting to note that only four of the top 10 players in the world are from the USA.

Rank Player Pt.s
Avg.
Tot.
Pts.
1 Lee Westwood, Eng 8.29 381.20
2 Tiger Woods, USA 8.13 325.28
3 Martin Kaymer, Deu 7.98 383.14
4 Phil Mickelson, USA 7.83 336.53
5 Steve Stricker, USA 7.20 302.43
6 Jim Furyk, USA 7.09 318.93
7 Paul Casey, Eng 6.14 264.04
8 Luke Donald, Eng 5.70 302.27
9 Rory McIlroy, Nir 5.44 298.98
10 Graeme McDowell, Nir 5.43 276.93
11 Matt Kuchar, USA 5.33 271.75
12 Ernie Els, Zaf 5.13 297.44
13 Dustin Johnson, USA 4.99 249.65
14 Ian Poulter, Eng 4.49 206.51
15 Hunter Mahan, USA 4.48 228.49
16 Edoardo Molinari, Ita 4.48 232.72
17 Retief Goosen, Zaf 4.25 246.59
18 Zach Johnson, USA 4.06 214.98
19 Padraig Harrington, Irl 4.00 215.79
20 Louis Oosthuizen, Zaf 3.91 203.30
21 Robert Allenby, Aus 3.91 222.69
22 Anthony Kim, USA 3.83 172.17
23 Justin Rose, Eng 3.71 200.55
24 Miguel A Jimenez, Esp 3.67 201.66
25 Bubba Watson, USA 3.66 172.16
26 Nick Watney, USA 3.53 183.64
27 Ross Fisher, Eng 3.53 172.80
28 Rickie Fowler, USA 3.53 141.04
29 Camilo Villegas, Col 3.47 177.15
30 Francesco Molinari, Ita 3.43 182.00
31 Sean O’Hair, USA 3.43 168.04
32 Tim Clark, Zaf 3.39 186.30
33 Ben Crane, USA 3.31 175.30
34 Charl Schwartzel, Zaf 3.30 178.00
35 Jason Day, Aus 3.29 141.67
36 Robert Karlsson, Swe 3.27 134.00
37 Y.E. Yang, Kor 3.20 172.80
38 Geoff Ogilvy, Aus 3.16 161.28
39 Kim Kyung-Tae, Kor 3.08 163.30
40 Bo Van Pelt, USA 3.05 176.95
41 Ryan Moore, USA 3.03 163.51
42 Adam Scott, Aus 3.02 151.14
43 Stewart Cink, USA 2.99 140.66
44 Peter Hanson, Swe 2.94 140.94
45 Ryo Ishikawa, Jpn 2.86 165.78
46 K.J. Choi, Kor 2.84 153.61
47 Lucas Glover, USA 2.80 142.92
48 Angel Cabrera, Arg 2.77 124.48
49 Martin Laird, Sco 2.76 154.43
50 Charley Hoffman, USA 2.74 139.67
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