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 (25 first-place votes), 283 points, Last week: 1
-A solo fourth place at the BMW has him in line for a FedEx Cup.
2. Rory McIlroy (4 first-place votes), 249 points, Last week: 2
-Sure hope he fulfills all the expectations we're putting on him while he's not around.
3. Lee Westwood, 214 points, Last week: 3
-The opportunity to rise is there; will he take it?.
4. Dustin Johnson, 148 points, Last week: 5
-One of the favorites to take this week's FedEx Cup.
5. Webb Simpson (1 first-place vote), 124 points, Last week: 8
-Having an unbelievable season and peaking at exactly the right time.
6. Steve Stricker, 118 points, Last week: 4
-Withdrew early from the BMW and may have lost his best chance to win a FedEx Cup.
7. Adam Scott, 95 points, Last week: 6
-Could continue his breakthrough year with a win at East Lake.
8. Martin Kaymer, 81 points, Last week: 7
-Inexplicably still in the rankings; Thomas Bjorn looks on in envy.
9. Jason Day, 70 points, Last week: 9
-He's got two big second-place finishes in the books; is it time for a big win?
10. Matt Kuchar, 46 points, Last week: NR.
-It's his moment; he let this get away last year, but could be in position to take the Tour Championship in 2011.
Dropping out: Phil Mickelson (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