Despite what the current official World Golf Ranking claims, who is the real No. 1 player in the world right now? Senior writers Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell offer their takes.
By REX HOGGARD
The math is mistaken. Has been for the better part of a year, ever since Tiger Woods caromed off a tree and littered the World Golf Ranking landscape with wayward slide rules and pocket protectors.
Woods has been the No. 1 in name only – a mathematical figurehead waiting to be dethroned, first by Phil Mickelson and now Lee Westwood.
Lefty came up short in more than a half dozen attempts to overtake Woods atop the ranking for the first time since 2005 and now it seems all Westwood must do is ice his ailing right ankle and let the arithmetic do the rest.
As untidy as this transition appears, it is, at the least, the wrong execution of the right idea.
Without question Woods is no longer the alpha male, although his successor will likely only be renting the space, and Mickelson had his chances. Westwood, however, has done his competitive due diligence.
Martin Kaymer is the hottest player right now, a winner in three of his last three starts, but the ranking is a big picture, two-year cycle, not a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately snapshot.
Worldwide in the last two years Westwood has 25 top 10s and three wins. He may not be the most able-bodied right now, but over the last two years he has been the best.
By RANDALL MELL
Tiger Woods may be the greatest player who ever lived.