It's time for our own golf ranking system for the top players on the planet. Why? That's easy. The one used now isn't good enough. For one thing, it evaluates golfers over a two-year period. Two years! A lot can happen in two years. (Ask Tiger Woods.) For another, the current system gives too much credit to players who prevail against less competitive fields halfway across the globe.
Therefore, every week between May 31 and September 27, two days after The Tour Championship, Yahoo! Sports will unveil the new rankings of players Nos. 1 to 10, using lists submitted by many of the game's most knowledgeable observers.
1. Luke Donald (24 first-place votes), 286 points, Last week: 1
-A top-20 at The Barclays keeps him in the FedEx hunt.
2. Rory McIlroy (6 first-place votes), 230 points, Last week: 2
-Getting more famous for who he's dating than how he's playing.
3. Lee Westwood, 220 points, Last week: 3
-Needing a good fall to move ahead of either of the big two.
4. Steve Stricker, 200 points, Last week: 4
-Unspectacular Barclays. He'll need to step up to win the FedEx.
5. Dustin Johnson, 172 points, Last week: NR
-Played like he deserves to be even higher on this list.
6. Adam Scott, 124 points, Last week: 5
-A T67 at the Barclays is Scott's worst finish since May. Fire the caddie!
7. Nick Watney, 61 points, Last week: 8
-The regular-season FedEx Cup leader remains strong.
8. Charl Schwartzel, 60 points, Last week: 7
-Skipping a week of the FedEx Cup doesn't hurt much. Just don't do it again.
9. Keegan Bradley, 59 points, Last week: NR
-Welcome back to the rankings after an inexplicable week off, Mr. Bradley.
10. Matt Kuchar, 57 points, Last week: NR.
-Finishing second works you right up into the top 10. Well deserved, Kooch.
Dropping out: Phil Mickelson (6), Martin Kaymer (9), Jason Day (10).
Ratings are tabulated on a 1-10 basis, with the top player in each voter's rankings receiving 10 points, the second-place player receiving 9, and so on.
Michael Arkush, Yahoo! Sports; Shane Bacon, Yahoo! Sports; Al Barkow, golf historian, journalist; Jay Busbee, Yahoo! Sports; Mark Cannizaro, New York Post; Jay Coffin, Golfchannel.com; Tom Cunneff, Links magazine; Martin Davis, Editor, American Golfer; Steve Elling, CBSSports.com; John Feinstein, Golf World/Golf Channel contributor; Bill Fields, Golf World; David Graham, two-time major champion; Melanie Hauser, contributor, PGATOUR.com; Ryan Herrington, Golf World; John Huggan, Golf Digest; Sal Johnson, GolfObserver.com; Rees Jones, golf course architect; Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle; Mark Lamport-Stokes, Reuters; David MacKintosh, Buenos Aires Herald; Andrew Magee, PGA Tour veteran; Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle; Brian Murphy, Yahoo! Sports; Jerry Pate, former U.S. Open winner; Geoff Russell, Golf World editor; Stina Sternberg, Golf Digest; John Strege, Golf Digest; Jerry Tarde, Golf Digest editor; Kris Tschetter, LPGA Tour veteran, author; Jonathan Wall, Yahoo! Sports; Sam Weinman, Golf Digest.com