If someone asked you, “Who is the #1 golfer in the world right now?”
What would you say?
The answer is Luke Donald.
In fact, Luke has held the #1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings for the past 9 months.
The World Golf Rankings has been in operation for 24 years. The standings list is updated every Monday after competition. The rankings are established based on the results from the tournaments of the leading six professionals tours combined with the strength of the competitive field at the event. The four major championships and the Players Championship are ranked separately because their “ranking value” is greater. The data is maintained over a two-year cycle and a minimum of 40 events is required.
Over time who has held the #1 spot?
BERNHARD LANGER (3 weeks), SEVE BALLESTEROS (61 weeks), GREG NORMAN (331 weeks), NICK FALDO (97 weeks), IAN WOOSNAM (50 weeks), FRED COUPLES (16 weeks), NICK PRICE (44 weeks), TOM LEHMAN (1 week), ERNIE ELS (9 weeks), DAVID DUVAL (15 weeks), VIJAY SINGH (32 weeks), TIGER WOODS (623 weeks), MARTIN KAYMER (8 weeks), LEE WESTWOOD (22 weeks) and now LUKE DONALD (40 weeks)
(All data has been aquired from http://www.officialworldgolfranking.com/home/default.sps)
Here’s a little more information about the Current #1 Golfer in the World.
About Luke Donald
His scoring average is 72.75
Out of 219 total tournaments in his career on the PGA Tour…
He has made 169 cuts, won 4 events, and came in second place 12 times
Luke has finished in the top twenty-five 111 times.
His career earnings equal: $25,408, 326
He attended college at Northwestern University
Turned professional in 2001
Luke is 5 foot 9 inches, 160 lbs and his birthday is 12/7/1977
He started playing golf when he was 8 years old with his dad in Spain.
He has an active lifestyle and has a passion for painting.
“I don’t overpower courses, I think my way around the golf course, using good strategy, using good technique, and precision. I am a precision player that is consistent and up there contending to win.” -Luke Donald
(This information was gathered from http://www.pgatour.com/)
Megan Padua is a PGA Certified Instructor, LPGA Member, TPI Level 2 Junior Golf Certified, a TPI Level 1 Golf Professional, Coutour Certified Putter Fitting Professional, and a Staff Teaching Professional with JRG/TSGA programs at the Raven Golf Club Phoenix