As we while away the hours until the first rounds of the weekend's stateside tourneys complete, we turn our eyes to the ongoing battle for No. 1 in the world. And Lee Westwood is yet again adding to the mystique of the No. 1 ranking by falling apart in the final holes of the first round of the Indonesia Masters. Westwood carded a bogey and a double-bogey on two of the final three holes to fall six strokes behind leader Damien McGrane.
Assuming you're not a member of the McGrane family, why's this significant? This: according to the AP, Westwood needs to finish in the top 5 this week to hold onto his top ranking, or Martin Kaymer will retake it. And don't rule out Luke Donald, who's playing this weekend in New Orleans. He takes the top spot with a finish of T2 or better at the Zurich Classic.
OK, so it's obvious that the No. 1 ranking will be in play for months to come. So we need to attach some more significance to this. How about this: for every week you spend at No. 1, you get one stroke knocked off your card at the major of your choice. Hey, could've helped Kaymer make the cut at Augusta this year.