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.
I’m sending out all my positive vibes to my pal Rocco Mediate. He’s got a three shot lead coming into today at the FRYS tournament.
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.
Jim Furyk has methodically ground his way to a victory at East Lake Golf Club to win the FedEx Cup and a cool $10,000,000. It came down to a sensational up-and-down on the 18th from the right greenside bunker for par, in a pouring rain to win it. Furyk was 9-9 in sand saves.
Many congratulations to my new BFF Jim Furyk. Hey Jim, since we’re such good buddies do you have a few extra bucks you can loan me?
Jim Furyk leads by one at -8 over Retief Goosen and Luke Donald, while Geoff Ogilvy is three back and Paul Casey four back.
Can Furyk, who has won once (this year’s Transitions Championship) since 2007, pull it off? East Lake Golf Club suits Furyk’s game so we’ll see if his nerves hold out. Can he do what his dad told him to do yesterday:
Just play golf. Do what you’ve been doing.
Nick Watney went super low yesterday with a 63, so low scores are out there.
Ogilvy is a much hotter tempered player than I realized. He was not thrilled yesterday. Made me feel better about my own temper on the course.
UPDATE 11:21am ET: Jim Furyk has teed off. He missed the fairway on #1 to the left but he’s in play fine. Retief Goosen (also in the final group), tee’d off with a 3-wood and is in the right tree line. I love watching Goosen’s swing. It reminds me of mine. 🙂
Tour Championship TV Coverage
- Golf Channel 11:30a-1:30p
- NBC 1:30-6:00p