Presenting the Yahoo! Sports World Golf Rankings, Week 9

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.

1. Luke Donald (12 first-place votes), Last week: 2
2. Rory McIlroy (11 first-place votes), Last week: 1
3. Lee Westwood (1 first-place vote), Last week: 4
4. Steve Stricker (1 first-place vote), Last week: 3
5. Phil Mickelson, Last week: 5
6. Martin Kaymer, Last week: 6
7. Charl Schwartzel, Last week: 7
8. Dustin Johnson, Last week: T9
9. Darren Clarke, Last week: 8
10. Jason Day, Last week: T9


Michael Arkush Yahoo! Sports
Shane Bacon Yahoo! Sports
Al Barkow golf historian, journalist
Jay Busbee Yahoo! Sports
Tom Cunneff Links magazine
Martin Davis Editor, American Golfer
Steve Elling
Bill Fields Golf World
David Graham two-time major champion
Melanie Hauser contributor,
John Huggan Golf Digest
Sal Johnson
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
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