World Number One: Westwood or Kaymer?

by Jeff Skinner

The news is out now; Lee Westwood will become the number one player in the world in The World Golf Rankings on October 31st even if he doesn’t swing a club between now and then.  Since Westwood has announced he is taking a break to rest his ailing calf he’ll be able to do something by not playing that he wasn’t able to do by playing: pass Tiger Woods and become the world’s number one golfer.

It’s ironic that Westwood will be taking over the top spot by not playing after he had such a great season until he injured his calf.  After all, he threatened at both The Masters and The Open Championship and settled for second place in both.  What’s even more ironic is that he isn’t the best golfer in the world right now.  I know the World Golf Rankings uses a two year window of results and a convoluted formula to determine its ranking but there is no better golfer in the world right now than German Martin Kaymer.

Kaymer just won The Dunhill Links Championship to claim his third consecutive stroke play victory and his fourth world wide win of the year to go with nine top tens.  You remember Martin, he’s the guy that won The PGA Championship at Whistling Straights.  While Dustin Johnson was grounding his club in that bunker and burning that scene into our collective memory Kayner was winning the playoff and staking his claim at being one of the world’s elite golfers.  He’s playing better now than anyone in the world.  It just takes the World Rankings so long to catch up sometimes.


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