Would you care to guess the name of the second-ranked player in the official World Golf Rankings? If you said Ernie Els you could be forgiven because Els just won the 2012 Open Championship, but the answer is Tiger Woods.
That's right. Tiger Woods is now only one world rankings spot away from regaining his title as the world's best golfer. For all his seemingly inconsistent play Tiger Woods has vaulted up the world rankings and will likely soon overtake Luke Donald for the number one spot.
Is there any significance to Woods becoming the world's top-ranked golfer again? In my mind the answer is a clear yes. Even if Woods only briefly takes over the number one ranking he will still have done it. Even as recently as a few months ago how many of us thought that Tiger Woods would ever be number one again?
Woods' inconsistent play is actually not all that inconsistent. Certainly he has had some disappointing finishes in tournaments. However some of those finishes have been relatively good compared to other golfers and included a tie for third place in the last major championship. Those types of finishes can pile up the world ranking points very quickly. You must also consider that Tiger Woods has won three events on the PGA Tour already in 2012. There are a bevy of world ranking points associated with each of those wins.
Golf fans had best get used to the idea that Tiger Woods will be the number one golfer in the world and it will probably happen this season. If Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy do not play well in the FedEx Cup playoffs and the PGA Championship then Tiger will almost certainly become number one in the world.
If Tiger Woods never wins that 15th major title yet continues to win two or three other tournaments per year on the PGA Tour he could be the number one golfer in the world for quite some time. It may not be impressive on the same scale as his performance at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2000, but it would be impressive nonetheless.
Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.
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