Ranking the silly season


THOUSAND OAKS, Calf. – The math is no different than last year, just the circumstances.

In 2009 the Chevron World Challenge, a limited-field “silly season” event, received World Golf Ranking points for the first time and no one seemed to notice, a move that was clearly lost in the buzz of Tiger Woods’ Nov. 27 accident and ensuring scandal.

This year Woods has a chance to overtake current world No. 1 Lee Westwood with a victory at Sherwood Country Club as long as the Englishman doesn’t win or finish alone in second place at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, also a limited-field event in South African that awards ranking points.

The fallout, at least among those in Tweet-dom, has reached a crescendo, with fans baffled by the World Golf Ranking implications at an event that many, at least outside the 16-man field, consider something less than meaningful.

“I don't view it as silly. I've got to view everyone in the field here is ranked in the top 25 in the world, or close to it,” said defending champion Jim Furyk, who earned 27 points (three more points than Robert Garrigus earned for winning at Disney last month) with his victory at Sherwood last year and jumped three spots to sixth in the ranking as a result.

By comparison, there are no World Golf Ranking points for the taking at this week’s final stage of PGA Tour Q-School, which is arguably a far more competitive and meaningful tournament.

There’s no denying the depth of the Chevron field, just whether an unofficial event is deserving.