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 28 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. Presenting our final 2011 season rankings:
1. Luke Donald (23 first-place votes), 291 points, Last week: 1
-The only player in the top 5 entering the Tour Championship to play worth a damn.
2. Rory McIlroy (6 first-place votes), 241 points, Last week: 2
-Wozzilroy is more famous now for his dates than his game. Come back, Rory!
3. Lee Westwood, 210 points, Last week: 3
-Once again, we wonder what might come of Lee when the big tournaments happen.
4. Dustin Johnson, 126 points, Last week: 4
-Here's a surprise: a meltdown in a critical final round.
5. Webb Simpson (1 first-place vote), 124 points, Last week: 5
-The mojo ran out a few days early for Mr. Simpson.
6. Adam Scott, 121 points, Last week: 7
-Flirted with greatness for a couple days, then faded into the distance.
7. Steve Stricker, 107 points, Last week: 6
-Keegan Bradley will take his place if he can't make the Presidents Cup. .
8. Jason Day, 93 points, Last week: 9
-Another one with a fine chance to win on Sunday, but he let it slip away.
9. Bill Haas, 70 points, Last week: NR
-It's best to be good at the right times, isn't it?
10. Keegan Bradley, 46 points, Last week: NR.
-Back in the rankings after an undeserved drop; ought to be on the Presidents Cup team, too.
Dropping out: Martin Kaymer (7), 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; Ryan Ballengee, Pro Golf Talk/NBC 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