Lee Westwood wasn’t the highest scoring player on the European Ryder Cup team (That was Luke Donald who lead with 3 points) but he wasn’t far behind. His efforts helped the team capture the cup, but more than that. He over took good ‘ol Lefty, Phil Mickelson, in the World Golf Rankings, landing him at #2. It’s no secret that Mickelson has been chasing that #1 spot all season, but keeps choking under the pressure. Now its Lee Westood’s turn to become king of the golfin’ hill.
The gap between the #1 spot has been continuously shrinking, and its now within Lee’s grasp. Tiger’s next appearance is at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, which isn’t being held until November 4th, leaving Lee 3 weekends and 3 tournaments to rack up the points while Tiger’s back is turned.
The takeover may happen this weekend at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, where Lee would need a top 2 finish. But don’t fret, because if it doesn’t happen there, it could happen at the Portugal Masters, Oct 14th-17th, or at the Andalucia Masters, October 28th-31st.
So where is Phil? He is in the same boat as Tiger, Sitting with their fingers crossed until they get a chance to redeem themselves on the HSBC.
But does someone who has never won a major deserve to be the #1 golfer? Do you think he can even pull it off?
PS To be fair, this caveman was a bit brash when I hastily reported that Tiger was still Terrible in my last post. While he definitely had a terrible round, his singles match over Francesco Molinari was brilliant. And he did co-Lead Team America with Stewart Cink and the 3 points they both scored for the Red White and Blue. Hopefully we will see more of this domination for the rest of the season!