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), 291 points, Last week: 1
-T3 at the Deutsche Bank keeps him right at the top of the list.
2. Rory McIlroy (5 first-place votes), 230 points, Last week: 2
-Keeps on keeping on even though we haven't seen him lately.
3. Lee Westwood, 223 points, Last week: 3
-As always, could use a strong fall to improve his standing.
4. Steve Stricker, 149 points, Last week: 4
-A T42 isn't going to get it done, Steve.
5. Dustin Johnson, 130 points, Last week: 5
-Like Stricker, he came in at T42. Unlike Stricker, he's got more heat.
6. Adam Scott, 117 points, Last week: 6
-Another top 10 at the Deutsche Bank keeps him in the FedEx hunt.
7. Martin Kaymer, 95 points, Last week: NR
-A return to the top 10 for someone who ought to be a regular here.
8. Webb Simpson, (1 first-place vote) 93 points, Last week: NR
-Two wins on the year, including a FedEx event, gets you in the top 10.
9. Jason Day, 78 points, Last week: NR
-His tie for third vaults him back up in the rankings.
10. Phil Mickelson, 58 points, Last week: NR.
-A third-round 63 and a top-10 finish? Not bad.
Dropping out: Nick Watney (7), Charl Schwartzel (8), Keegan Bradley (9), Matt Kuchar (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