Finaly Woods lose his Top 1 Ranking | Kaymer should replace Woods
Tiger Woods will finally lose his No. 1 ranking at the end of this month to Lee Westwood – but is that right?
Like in many sports, tennis and football are just two that come to mind, world rankings need to be taken with not a pinch of salt but a good dose of it.
Golf is the same.
I haven’t quite figured out how the Official World Golf Rankings work right to a tee – feel free to enlighten me – but having said that it was a massive day in sport when it was announced that Westwood would usurp Woods from his number one ranking on October 31st.
It’s a little bit of an anti-climax how it will happen because Westwood could have beaten Woods by finishing second at the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews over the weekend – but could only manage 11th as a troublesome calf injury hampered his chances.
It forces Westwood to pull out of this week’s Portugal Masters title defence which weirdly will give him the number one spot – if he were to play he would have had to finish third to topple Woods.
It’s not Westwood’s fault – he’s battled back hard to be where he is. The rankings are what they are – how could Woods, a player who has not won a tournament all year, still be ranked number one in the world right until October?
So the question is who really should get the tag as world’s best golfer?
I don’t think Westwood should.
Don’t get me wrong, the Englishman is a solid player with game to match – but he doesn’t seem to have the nerves of steel that should accompany all world number ones from any sport.
That ability to sink crucial putts when it matters most and Westwood’s inconsistency to do exactly that was on show during his last Ryder Cup match against Steve Stricker which he lost. It has also been a part of almost every major he’s competed for.
On current form, you can’t look past Martin Kaymer to take over from Woods’s five year reign at the top.
Kaymer just became the first player to win three times in a row on the European Tour since Woods four years ago by winning the Dunhill Links title at the weekend.
Oh yeah, he also won a little tournament called the US PGA Championship in a play-off back in August – showing those mentioned steel nerves which make good athletes great.
Kaymer is set to play at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain and with Westwood still out of action, the 25-year-old German could, and deservedly should, cement his place as a world beater.
The other question is – is this the official start of the end for Woods?
1 Tiger Woods 8.67pts
2 Lee Westwood 8.35pts
3 Phil Mickelson 8.27pts
4 Martin Kaymer 8.04pts
5 Steve Stricker 7.57pts
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