The powers that be on the European Tour have arranged the show, the rest is up to the players, and if the projections from the World Golf Ranking are correct, there could be a radical shakeup in the world order by Sunday night.
According to the math, Martin Kaymer, currently No. 2 in the ranking, can overtake No. 1 Lee Westwood with as little as a runner-up finish depending on how the Englishman fares at this week’s Dubai Desert Classic.
Similarly, No. 3 Tiger Woods – who will be paired with Westwood and Kaymer for the first two rounds in Dubai – can pass Kaymer and move into the second spot if he wins and the German finishes outside the top 5.
And a world away at Pebble Beach, No. 4 Phil Mickelson can move ahead of Woods with as little as a third-place finish at the old Clambake.