Rory McIlroy has joined Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer in saying “no” to the PGA Tour and the FedEx Cup for 2011.
If you’re not playing well in the States it can be a lonely place. But if you’re not playing well on the European Tour you still have plenty of mates to hang out with.
The $10,000,000 FedEx Cup prize isn’t enough to entice these great players to play here full time. They don’t like being forced to play in events they don’t want to play in, to be eligible for the Cup.
I wish I had enough dough in the bank and a good enough golf game to be able to say no like that… Maybe in my next life.
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.
Due to his schedule and the way the world golf ranking works, it is a FACT that Tiger Woods will drop from the #1 ranking in the world on October 31st.
In all likelihood Lee Westwood will become world #1 on 10/31.
Martin Kaymer (winner of the 2010 PGA Championship) could take the #1 spot though if he were to win the Andalucia Valderrama Masters.
Friday Morning Fourballs
|Phil Mickelson / Dustin Johnson
||Lee Westwood / Martin Kaymer
|Stewart Cink / Matt Kuchar
||Rory McIlroy / Graeme McDowell
|Steve Stricker / Tiger Woods
||Ian Poulter / Ross Fisher
|Bubba Watson / Jeff Overton
||Luke Donald / Padraig Harrington
Both Ryder Cup teams will be banned from Tweeting, facebooking or doing any other social media-ing during the Ryder Cup this weekend:
“We talked about it. The team has come to a consensus not to do it.
“It can be a little bit distracting sometimes, and I think it is important to focus on the Ryder Cup and playing in the matches. We’ve decided to not Tweet this week, but a week today I am sure Tweeting will be all over the place.”
“We are in the same boat. I think it’s important we focus on the job in hand this week.
“We are here to try regain the trophy that Corey has brought back for us. We have to focus on that job, and as Corey rightly says, on Monday October 4, yes, you will find the team probably on social network sites, but not until then.”
A few guys who are really active on social media sites may go through withdrawal like Ian Poulter, Bubba Watson or Stewart Cink.