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 Well, it’s official. Tiger Woods is no longer leader in points, no longer ranked as the world’s number one golfer. Lee Westwood is atop the listing after Woods’ fall from grace and the loss of his competitive game. 

To add some perspective to this well reported event, Woods current reign lasted 281 consecutive weeks but since turning professional the number one spot has been his one week short of 12 years or to do the math, 623 weeks. Dominating would be the best way to describe it. 

Englishman Westwood, since Woods’ last victory in the Australian Masters one year ago has also won once, the Houston Open for his second PGA Tour title. Not exactly dominating. 

The problem is the rankings, which by definition take into account past performance, and with Woods having such a large lead (until his car wreck) it took the other very good world-class players this long to overtake him. But that aside the problem is the rankings themselves.

First of all the guy who is playing the best right now is the best player in the world, not because he won X number of times in the past but because he is playing the best today. Think of the way the NFL determines who is the best with the Super Bowl. 

Our system does not name the best player just the one who has the most points accumulated based on some arcane computerized formula with adjustments for things like “strength of field.” However remember the real point of this rankings exercise; it is not about who is the world’s best player but all about the marketing of golf in general and the PGA Tour in particular. One shouldn’t get too excited about which golfer is at the top of the pyramid. It will change and all the media attention is a good thing.

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