For the past year or so, golf fans have spent countless hours talking about the Official World Rankings in this sport. Being ranked number one was one of the top stories in 2010, and we wondered when Tiger Woods would be bumped and who would be the guy to do so.
It was obsessive but justified, mainly because Tiger had been up top for so long. But, the problem with this is, while we were wondering about some mathematical mumbo jumbo that would figure it out, we forgot to actually think about the golfers. It doesn't matter what the computers tell us, just watching results and seeing who is playing shows us who the best golfer is right now, and after Sunday, our answer is clear. Martin Kaymer is number one in the world, despite the rankings.
His dominate win in Abu Dhabi shows us everything we need to know about the 26-year-old German.
Look at his resume the last 12 months if you need more indication that Kaymer is the best.
-- A win a year ago at this same event to kick off his 2010, Kaymer shot 21-under to win the Abu Dhabi Championship over Ian Poulter.
-- A tie for eighth and then a tie for seventh at the U.S. and British Opens before winning the PGA Championship. Critics might grumble about Kaymer falling into that win, but he still has the trophy at his house, and is still the only youngster in the world with a major title to his credit. He also had to beat out a red-hot Bubba Watson in a playoff to do so.
-- Two late season European Tour wins, one at the KLM Open and the other the week after being a part of the winning Ryder Cup team, when he took down the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.
And now, a year later, he shot 24-under to blitz an extremely talented field to win his fifth tournament in a year. Face it, European Tour events matter as much, if not more, than a lot of the PGA Tour tournaments these days. While Jhonattan Vegas was battling the likes of Bill Haas and Gary Woodland in a playoff at the Bob Hope, Kaymer was pulling away from names like Rory McIlroy, Retief Goosen and Graeme McDowell. Those aren't just names, they are worldwide winners with multiple major championships.
This isn't an argument of which tour is better, I think we all know that as a whole, the PGA Tour attracts the better talent for most of the year, but we must understand these days that a lot of the European Tour events are just as important as a regular PGA Tour stop. Kaymer is winning over there at a phenomenal rate (nobody won more than three PGA Tour tournaments a year ago, to compare), and if he were a 26-year-old American, I think the hype would be astounding.
Just know that no matter the rankings or the preseason picks to win whatever is upcoming, Kaymer is the man to beat at any event right now. If you do that, no matter if you're Tiger, Phil, Rory or Graeme, you can be proud of yourself.