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Presenting the Yahoo! Sports World Top 10, Week 4

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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. We will use a simple statistical formula for the lists we receive — the top player getting 10 points, the second, nine points, and so forth. We will then add up all the points to produce our list of the top 10.

We've asked voters to tell us who they believe are the top 10 players right now. Over time, we expect to add more voters to the list. We hope you enjoy it, and please offer your own views.

The Yahoo! Sports World Top 10 for the week of June 20, 2011:

1. Rory McIlroy (20), 283 points [7]
2. Lee Westwood (5), 256 points [2]
3. Luke Donald (5), 235 points [1]
4. Steve Stricker, 159 points [3]
5. Martin Kaymer, 132 points [4]
6. Matt Kuchar, 128 points [5]
7. Charl Schwartzel, 127 points [10]
8. Jason Day, 107 points [NR]
9. Phil Mickelson, 67 points [6]
10. Graeme McDowell, 61 points [9]

Dropping out: Bubba Watson [8]

First-place votes in parentheses; position last week in brackets.

Some notes: One dominating performance vaults you right to the top of the rankings, as McIlroy showed. Poor performances by Donald, Mickelson and Watson hurt their chances; Schwartzel benefitted from another strong major.


Michael Arkush, Yahoo! Sports
Shane Bacon, Yahoo! Sports
Al Barkow, golf historian, journalist
Jay Busbee, Yahoo! Sports
Jay Coffin,
Tom Cunneff, Links magazine
Martin Davis, Editor, American Golfer
Steve Elling,
John Feinstein, Golf World/Golf Channel contributor
Bill Fields, Golf World
David Graham, two-time major champion
Melanie Hauser, contributor,
John Huggan, Golf Digest
Sal Johnson,
Rees Jones, golf course architect
Peter Kessler, radio talk-show host
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

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