Updated world ranking, Scheffler dominates

The twenty-seven-year-old from New Jersey, especially after his consecutive victories at the Arnold Palmer and the Players, with a near-triumph at the Houston Open, is increasingly solidifying his position as number 1

by Andrea Gussoni
Updated world ranking, Scheffler dominates
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It seems we've entered the era of Scottie Scheffler when it comes to the world golf rankings, the renowned OWGR. The twenty-seven-year-old from New Jersey, especially after his consecutive victories at the Arnold Palmer and the Players, with a near-triumph at the Houston Open, is increasingly solidifying his position as number 1.

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His lead over Rory McIlroy is such that, for McIlroy to surpass him, the Northern Irishman would need to win his next three consecutive events (including the Masters) and hope for a series of rather unlikely poor performances from Scheffler.

It appears more likely that the United States may significantly extend its reign in terms of weeks at the top of the world rankings. Currently, Scheffler is at 81 weeks, ranking sixth in this regard. Ahead of him are Nick Faldo with 97 weeks, McIlroy himself with 122, and Dustin Johnson with 135.

Greg Norman with 335 and, even more so, Tiger Woods with 683 weeks, seem unreachable. These data, however, are only available from 1986, when the world rankings were established. Previously, the World of Professional Golf yearbook was consulted to discover rankings, with Jack Nicklaus (1968-1977), Tom Watson (1978-1982), and Seve Ballesteros (1983-1985) topping the list during Mark McCormack's tenure.

Behind McIlroy, there's the peculiar case of Jon Rahm: the Spaniard has now joined the LIV Golf, the Arabian league aiming to lure the best players away from the PGA Tour and DP World Tour with substantial sums. Rahm, who also spent 52 weeks at the top, is no longer welcome on the American circuit and can only compete in Majors.

Since LIV Golf currently doesn't award points for the world rankings (despite attempting to gain recognition, which was denied due to its different format from accepted ones), his ranking is destined to plummet rapidly. Three of the four remaining Major winners from 2023 are also in the top 10: aside from Rahm (whose situation at the Masters, at this point, will indeed be paradoxical), there's fourth-place Wyndham Clark, the winner of the US Open, who has successfully confirmed the validity of his achievement.

Also present is eighth-placed Brian Harman, who, after clinching the Open Championship, has maintained excellent consistency. The remaining European contingent is largely represented by the Nordic countries. Sixth place belongs to Viktor Hovland, whose prominence has been established over more than three years.

Ludvig Aberg, however, is the surprise entry. While his potential was evident, his rapid rise to the top ten within nine months and twenty starts as a professional is truly remarkable. Already a Ryder Cup star, he's maintaining a pace reminiscent of Tiger Woods, illustrating his potentially limitless future in global golf.

Turning to Italy, it's heartening to note Matteo Manassero's ascent to the heights he deserves. Following his triumph at the Jonsson Workwear Open and a fifth-place finish at the Hero Indian Open, the Venetian has climbed to number 173 in the world rankings - his highest position since February 8, 2015.

This underscores the significance of his recovery and resurgence, which could lead him back to the Olympics where he competed in 2016. It's worth highlighting that Manassero was ranked 351st at the beginning of the year. Behind him, Guido Migliozzi and Francesco Molinari are striving for improvement through different paths - one from the DP World Tour, where he alternates between good performances and missed cuts, and the other from the PGA Tour, where results continue to elude him.

There's a certain battle for the title of Italy's number 4: five players are vying for it, Renato Paratore, Andrea Pavan, Francesco Laporta (who could have claimed the recognition had he not played poorly in the final holes in New Delhi), Lorenzo Scalise, and Edoardo Molinari, who, in addition to rankings and tournaments, is also focused on his role as Ryder Cup vice-captain, as confirmed by Luke Donald.

World Top 10 USA Scottie Scheffler 12.0322
NIR Rory McIlroy 7.3646
ESP Jon Rahm 6.5534
USA Wyndham Clark 6.2580
USA Xander Schauffele 6.1841
NOR Viktor Hovland 5.8236
USA Patrick Cantlay 4.6990
USA Brian Harman 4.3073
SWE Ludvig Aberg 4.0648
USA Max Homa 3.9731