This Weekend Wrapped up the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. The tournament ended in a show down between Francesco Molinari and the newest World #1. Lee Westwood. At the end of the Shanghai Noon-esque putting duel, Molinari finished at -19 with a one shot victory over Westwood.
They eyes at the beginning of the Tournament were on the Top Four in the world rankings; Lee, Tiger Woods, Martin Kaymar and Phil Mickelson. A win for any of these gents could have shifted the #1 spot, but only Lee finished in the top 5. His 2nd place finish boosted his ranking and put even more distance between himself and Tiger. So how did Tiger fare? Well, he was 11 strokes back, but tied for 6th, while Kamyar finished with a -2. Phil Mickelson spent the weekend complaining about arthritis and shot a 1 over for the weekend. All in all, it was a fairly lackluster showing from the top names in golf.
Now Back to Lee Westwood. He has only 2 PGA Tour wins, which is offset some by his 20 European Tour Wins, 4 Japan Golf Tour wins in the ‘90s and 6 other miscellaneous wins for a grand total of 32 professional wins. His only win this year was at the St Jude Classic (prior to that it was the Dubai World Championship in Nov of 2009), and he has yet to win a Major. When compared to Tiger’s 128 professional wins (including 71 PGA and 38 European), and 14 Majors, all over the same time span, it makes this caveman wonder if the world ranking system is broken, or even worth looking at.
What do you think Rockheads? Does anyone care about the World Golf Rankings anymore?