Friday, April 22, 2011

The Race For No. 1 -- Suddenly A Revolving Door

   If Luke Donald wins the Heritage on Sunday, he will become the No. 1 golfer in the world.

   That would make him the third No. 1 -- Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer preceded him -- since Tiger Woods surrendered the throne he seemingly held since the invention of cell phones. What was once a closed shop, its door nailed shut by Woods, is now a revolving door.

   There's a much too convoluted system involved in creating the rankings but it's hard to debate Donald belongs at or near the top of the rankings. He's already won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship where he beat a field that included the top 64 in the rankings.

   He finished tied for sixth at the WGC event at Doral and tied for fourth at the Masters. Hard to argue against him.

   I'm not big on the rankings but after all those weeks and years of Tiger at the top -- 623 weeks in all -- it's different to see players trading it back and forth. If neither Donald nor Westwood, who's off in Indonesia trying to win an Asian Tour event, get a victory this weekend, Kaymer keeps the No. 1 perch.

   Donald was diplomatic Friday in discussing his potential move to No. 1 but it should be something special for him if it happens. It would be special any time but especially now considering what a long shot it seemed just 18 months ago when Tiger seemed invincible.