While it's good news for Kerr, it's not exactly lightning-strike news in the world of the LPGA. After all, between Kerr, Jiyai Shin, Miyazato, Suzann Pettersen and Yani Tseng, the current top 5, there's not a whole lot of difference, and anyone making a run on any given weekend has a decent shot at taking over the No. 1 spot.
Now, this'll make your head spin. Since Lorena Ochoa retired and left the top spot effectively open back in May, ending a three-plus-year reign atop the rankings, here's the list of people who have held the spot, in order: Shin, Miyazato, Kerr, Miyazato again, Shin again, Kerr again, Miyazato again again, Kerr again again. Whew. The longest anyone held it over that timespan was Miyazato's ten weeks, from the end of August to Monday.
So what does the top spot week-to-week mean, exactly? Not a whole lot, obviously. While it's a nice perk, there's so little statistical difference between the top players that using it to pick who's the "best" female golfer right now is largely pointless. Still, it makes for some fine competition, and in the post-Ochoa, post-Sorenstam era, the LPGA could use that right about now.
- Cristie Kerr