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 (22 first-place votes), 287 points, Last week: 1
-A late fade at the PGA Championship didn't keep him from holding onto his hammerlock on first place.
2. Rory McIlroy (8 first-place votes), 242 points, Last week: 2
-Root? What root? McIlroy proved that even through injury, he's one of the biggest draws in the game.
3. Lee Westwood, 236 points, Last week: 3
-Another major, another coulda-been for Westwood, who nonetheless is creeping up on McIlroy's position.
4. Steve Stricker, 201 points, Last week: 4
-A promising early outing fell short once again at Atlanta, but Stricker remains a threat every week.
5. Adam Scott, 156 points, Last week: 5
-A few putts here and there and Scott would have been a factor in the PGA. At least there was no caddy talk this time.
6. Charl Schwartzel, 92 points, Last week: 9
-The Masters champ put on a late charge but was too far back to make a difference.
7. Martin Kaymer, 91 points, Last week: 7
-Another major, another missed cut. Not the way Kaymer envisioned this year playing out.
8. Phil Mickelson, 86 points, Last week: 8
-We'd offer him a hearty slap on the back for a major well played, but we've heard he doesn't much like that.
9. Keegan Bradley, 65 points, Last week: NR
-Win a major, get yourself into the top 10. It's the law.
10. Jason Day, 61 points, Last week: 6
-Day's sterling record in majors took a hit, but he still remains a threat to break through soon.
Dropping out of the rankings: Nick Watney
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; Al Barkow, golf historian, journalist; Jay Busbee, Yahoo! Sports; 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