There’s no sure-fire dominant golfer in the world right now, but with a win today Luke Donald can rightfully secure himself the spot at the top of the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR). Donald faces Ian Poulter in the final match of the Volvo World Match Play Championships in Spain.
Tiger Woods’ fall from the top spot has been well-documented but what hasn’t received enough attention is how nobody else on the planet has really deserved the spot until now. Lee Westwood held it and did nothing with the ranking. Martin Kaymer won last year’s PGA Championship and eventually held the spot for a bit, but never made a bold statement as the #1 player in the world.
But, if Donald wins today (and that’s a big if as Poulter is no pushover) we’ll finally have the top player in the top spot. Look at Donald’s PGA Tour results over the past few months…
~ He won the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship earlier this year.
~ He finished T4 at The Masters
~ He finished alone in 2nd at the Heritage Classic
~ He finished T6 at the WGC Cadillac Championship
~ He finished T4 at the The Players Championship
Quite honestly, there’s nobody on the planet who can match those results and performances in 2011. Donald has played better golf than anyone else breathing this year. A win today would earn him a second-straight World Match Play victory and even more respect in the golf community.
Yes, Tiger Woods will fall out of the top 10 this week. But, if all goes well for Donald, the top player in the world will finally own the top spot in the rankings. It seems right.