Stop The Madness! Golf’s Top Golfer

Lost and Confused SignpostIt never ceases to amaze me on how quickly the media changes it spots. The golfing world is a buzz about the recent play of Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy! The Barclay’s seems to have turn the golfing world upside down, at least to the media, and the number one player in the world is, well, playing second fiddle.

Personally, I do not pay much attention to the world golfing rankings because I believe it is a flawed system that allows player’s past performance from two years ago to weather months of bad play and remain at the top of the golfing world. But, the recent musings of the media have prompted my current article because it is utter madness!

Jason Day’s play of late has been spectacular. Anytime a player wins back to back is something to be lauded. He is a force to be contended with and I wish him continued success. However, a four weeks of outstanding play does not really vault him to the top of the golfing world! If he continues to perform at his current level, discussions about being the best might be warranted, but it is way to soon to tell.

The flip-flop as the world’s number one ranked golfer between Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth is definitely spot on. Before I go on, I do not support Jordan Spieth losing his number one status when McIlroy did not play in the Barclay’s…I am just saying. Anyway, back on track. At this time, Rory and Jordan are the two best golfers in the world. They continue to share the spotlight and will likely jockey back and forth as the best for quite some time.

However, I want to be clear that I believe Jordan Spieth is the best golfer in the world right now. In 2015, he has two wins, a 2nd and a 4th place finishes in the Majors. He record this year is 4 wins, 4 second, 1 third and 14 top ten finishes in 22 events. Because he missed the cut at the Barclay’s does not mean he is any less a player!

Rory McIlroy and Jason Day had comparable seasons, but the 2 Majors are just to hard to discount! Many might disagree with my assessment, but Spieth is just too dominant.

This weekend should be interesting. All three giants are in the field and it will be interesting to see how they react. With Day, Spieth and Watson in the same pairing, this group will garner most of the attention for the first two days. This might work well in McIlroy’s favour, but only time will tell.

Well that is my diatribe on the media hype over the past week. What do you think? Am I crazy?

 

8 thoughts on “Stop The Madness! Golf’s Top Golfer

  1. Best player in the world and best player in the world right now, are different things. I think the concept of having performance criteria going back a year or so makes sense to identify the best player in the world (2 years seems excessive), but the only thing that matters week to week is who is the best player in the world right now. Best player in the world, I think is a coin toss between Rory and Jordan, best player in the world right now is no contest, Jason Day.

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  2. Jim, you are not crazy. I have basically stopped paying attention to the world golf rankings because they don’t matter. The FedEx playoffs are not real playoffs and don’t hold much weight either. A lot of the mess is drummed up by the media, as you have correctly identified, but some of it is the PGA Tour’s own doing. The grab for money is driving it. My evaluation criteria is a bit old school. I look at regular season PGA Tour wins and performance in the majors to tell me who’s playing the best; that’s it. I’ll watch a little of the golf this weekend because the top caliber names are in it, but only between the good college football games!

    Play well,

    Brian

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  3. I have my top 5 picks for this weekend Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth and Shane Lowry. It’s a 52 pick up as to what order they will be in. Great golf watching!!

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