|We've been pushing beads|
back and forth all morning
to make the numbers work.
FGR Rankings World Golf Rankings
Remember that the FGR ranking formula is weighted to award points based on the following order of importance: (1) winning majors, (2) winning WGC events, (3) finishing in the top ten in majors, (4) winning the Players, (5) finishing in the top ten in WGC events and (6) winning regular tour events, the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai. So before you bash the current rankings for placing Tiger 4th, remember that he would trade all five of his wins over the past two seasons for one major and then consider that he only has two top 10's in the last eight majors (3rd at the 2012 British and 4th at the 2011 Masters). Not only that, his only other top ten in a WGC event besides his recent win at Doral was a tie for 8th at the 2012 Bridgestone. Those are Justin Rose numbers.
|Yeah that's great Keegan but can|
you bring home the Canadian Open?
So who is currently overrated by the WGR? How about Brandt Snedeker who is 4th despite the fact that his only top 10 in a major since 2010 was a tie for 3rd at the British Open where he started the third round leading eventual winner Ernie Els by 7 strokes and lost to him by 4 after shooting 73-74 on the weekend. His strong run to the FedEx Cup title and his ridiculously hot start this year may be a signal that he's ready to emerge but I generally like to see my top five players in the world contend for at least one major before granting them that status. But hey, that's just me.
THE ARNOLD PALMER PREVIEW
On those rare occasions when Tiger doesn't own this tournament, we're still usually treated to a respectable champion like Ernie Els, Vijay Singh or Phil Mickelson so look for (and pray for) this year's winner to be one of the best players in the world to help bust us out of this recent Michael Thompson - Kevin Streelman - John Merrick funk we've slipped into. As of this moment, I'm still holding Justin Rose out for a major in my one and done league but I'm very tempted to start him here. Same goes for Graeme McDowell but I have this image of him haunting me later with another U.S. Open win and a new line of cardigan sweaters.
|Lindsey and Tiger? It took 30 years but we finally found|
something more high maintenance than the Fiat Spider.
The Overall Top Five
1. Tiger Woods
2. Graeme McDowell
3. Justin Rose
4. Ian Poulter
5. Bubba Watson
The One and Done Top Five
1. Ian Poulter
2. Bubba Watson
3. Peter Hanson
4. Lee Westwood
5. Sergio Garcia
Last Week's Report Card: B
1. Jason Dufner - 21st
2. Webb Simpson - 17th
3. Sergio Garcia - 7th
4. Luke Donald - 4th
5. Jason Day - 43rd
That's a pretty solid outing last week, especially by recent FGR standards. I went with Sergio and he was right in the hunt as one of the announcers noted that we could be heading to another playoff this year. Then I crashed on the couch and had a weird dream in which Kevin Streelman was standing on the 18th tee with a two shot lead and Boo Weekley shot 63 to finish second. I guess one man's dream is NBC Sports' nightmare. Let's hope that this week's loaded field inspires a slightly more intriguing finish.
* This would include all tournaments that are not majors, WGC events or the Players but not events that are played simultaneously with those tournaments like the Puerto Rico Open and the Reno-Tahoe Open. And don't bust my chops for continuing to rig my ranking system. They've been tinkering with the FedEx Cup for years and it's still the most ridiculous playoff system in sports that's not called the Chase for the Cup.
** And that doesn't include Bradley's awesome Ryder Cup performance when he almost surely would have made the difference if he wasn't left on the bench for what turned-out to be the pivotal match (more on that here). I guess his "problem" in the eyes of the WGR is that he only gets up for the big games.