On GolfChannel.com, Senior Writer Jason Sobel wrote an article about the current state of the Official World Golf Ranking entitled “Wrong Division.” The article was inspired by last week’s change at the top where Rory McIlroy became World #1 on a week in which he did not play. He is not so much confused about the OWGR but that so many other people are confused. It works well about 95% of the time but when it does not work that 5% of the time, it REALLY does not work. He understands the math behind the OWGR but he also understands how certain people would view it with some skepticism.
Lee Westwood is leading in Indonesia where he is defending his title in the Indonesian Masters. Although Sobel knows that Westwood will get some criticism for playing against a weak field, Sobel does not have a problem with Westwood playing there. It is certainly possible that Westwood simply enjoys being in that part of the world and when you have won in that place, you have another reason to go back.
Problems with the game of golf include the cost to play and the time required but Sobel also wondered if the complicated points systems that are found with the FedExCup and the Official World Golf Ranking play a role as well. Points systems that are too complicated require explanation and that explanation may be driving some fans away from the game of golf.
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