Tiger rockets up rankings

2011-12-05 14:36

California - Tiger Woods has soared to 21st from 52nd in the world rankings after his triumph in the Chevron World Challenge at Thousand Oaks, California.

The 35-year-old American, who has won 14 majors, landed his first tournament victory since the 2009 Australian Masters when he edged out fellow countryman Zach Johnson by one stroke on Sunday.

Britain's Luke Donald will end the year as world number one regardless of his performance at this week's Dubai World Championship, the final event of the European Tour season.

Donald, who turns 34 on Wednesday, has been top of the rankings for 27 weeks.


  • mkhoarai - 2011-12-05 14:45

    Human beings need to understand that, champions are born and winners are made. Tiger was born a champ and that is why he is now coming out of the hard trying times to occupy his champion place. Well done Tiger, and I will always love and support u.....................from; Moya Khoarai- South Africa.

      Bob - 2011-12-05 16:12

      Love and support ? bit heavy isn't it.

      Paul - 2011-12-06 10:12

      I agree Tiger is a champ ... but he wasn't born one ... if you watch the docu one his life ... you'll see that Tiger is a product of his farther Earls visision ... Earl decided that Tiger was going to be a golf champ before Tiger was born and he set out a plan to achieve it ... i think tiger lost his way after Earl got sick and died ... Welcome back Tiger ... only 5 majors to go !!!

  • Tony - 2011-12-05 15:00

    How do you award world ranking points in a 'tournament' with a limited field? Did the p[layers at Sun City get ranking points? I think not. Tiger is good, but 'soaring' from 52nd to 21st in a field of 18 players has to be taken with a truckload of salt. Open the field to the usual 156, win, then I agree...huge leap.

      Gregg - 2011-12-05 15:13

      It actually does carry world ranking points, however just a fraction of the normal full field events. But as you say it is a bit silly

      Kieron - 2011-12-05 15:19

      Yip, Sun City does carry points

      Bob - 2011-12-05 16:11

      Tony, totally agree with you mate, there is no way this limited event should earn ranking points, leapt 31 places ? what a joke, the whole system needs to be looked at, Woods was number 1 without hitting a golf ball for about 6 months how the hell does that make sense.

  • emile.eley - 2011-12-05 15:31

    Welcome back boytjie!

  • mengelbrecht1 - 2011-12-06 09:52

    It seems like there is a lack of understanding as to how these OWGR work. They are worked out on the last 2 years performance. So if a player finshed 3rd in an event in 2010 and 10th in the same event in 2012, the 2010 event falls away and he will drop down in the rankings. Now TW has not won since 2009 so there are very few results of note taken in consideration for 2010/2011. this means every time he finishes in the top 10 he will shoot up the rankings. As for changing the system, this was done about 2000. This system makes it harder for a player to stay up in the top 10, which in my opinion is a true reflection of a golfer's ability.

  • jacobus.dewet1 - 2011-12-06 15:04

    So How come the Tiger Woods event carry world ranking points but the money does not count for the official money list on the US Tour? why does the Nedbank Challange not have world ranking points given the fact that a stronger foeld played at Sun City? so the Tiger Woods Charity event is the only charity event that carry world ranking points, the cut of date for qualifying gets moved so he gets into his own tournament?

      mengelbrecht1 - 2011-12-06 20:55

      The Nedbank Challenge does have OWGR points, that's why only one SA player was invited. All the players must be in the top 50 in order for the competition to carry points. As for Tiger not qualifying for his own event, that was never going to happen. he would have taken one of the sponsor's reserved spots if he was higher than 50th.

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