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Idle Kaymer can go to No 1 this weekend

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Martin Kaymer isn’t playing this week, but he can still regain the No. 1 ranking.

That promises to heat up debate over the Official World Golf Ranking.

The new world-ranking scenarios are out, and they reveal three players have a chance to be No. 1 at the conclusion of this week’s play.

No. 1 Lee Westwood needs a strong finish at the Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea to remain ahead of No. 2 Kaymer. Though Kaymer’s idle, he can move up in the rankings by virtue of how his divisor affects the magical math of a two-year rolling window of points. No. 3 Luke Donald also can take the top ranking at the Zurich Classic.

Here are the salient scenarios:

No. 1 Westwood gives himself a chance to remain atop the world rankings if he finishes among the top five at the Ballantine’s. If Westwood wins, he stays No. 1, no matter what anyone else does. If Westwood finishes second or worse, Donald can move to No. 1 by winning the Zurich Classic.

No. 2 Kaymer moves up to No. 1 if Westwood finishes worse than solo fifth and Donald finishes worse than T-2 with one player.

No. 3 Donald moves to No. 1 by winning as long as Westwood also doesn’t win. Donald also moves to No. 1 if he finishes second and Westwood finishes worse than solo third. Donald has another chance to move to No. 1 if he finishes T-2 with one player and Westwood finishes worse than solo fourth.