Golf Race to Dubai, FedEx, Ryder Cup and World Golf Rankings: April 2012

World Golf Rankings  Top Ten (April 2012)

Lee Westwood’s win in the Indonesian Masters  saw him close the gap on top two Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald, while stretching his lead over Bubba Watson. American golf has enjoyed a return to the top ten with the good early season form of Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan seeing them establish themselves in the top ten.

Ben Curtis’ victory in the Valero Texas Open saw him move up to 156th in the World Golf Rankings and perhaps more importantly, secure him his PGA Tour Card for the next few years.  One of the biggest climbers up the rankings this year has been South African Branden Grace, who began the season 271st in the world, but after 3 wins on the tour already, the South African is now ranked 66th.


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1. Rory McIlroy (N.Ire)     9.46

2. Luke Donald (Eng)        9.31

3. Lee Westwood (Eng)     8.40

4. Bubba Watson (US)      6.40

5. Hunter Mahan (US)      5.76

6. Martin Kaymer (Ger)    5.46

7. Steve Stricker (US)        5.44

8. Tiger Woods (US)          5.42

9. Phil Mickelson (US)      5.25

10. Justin Rose (Eng)        5.13

The FedEx Cup Standings

(as of April 2012 – last weeks position in brackets)

1. Hunter Mahan (US)      1,378   (1)

2. Bubba Watson (US)      1,322   (2)

3. Phil Mickelson (US)      1,136   (3)

4. Carl Pettersson (Swe)     1,111  (4)

5. Johnson Wagner (US)  1,056   (5)

6. Rory McIlroy (N.Ire)    1,045   (6)

7. Kyle Stanley (US)           964     (7)

8. Justin Rose  (Eng)         948     (8)

9. Mark Wilson (US)          932     (9)

10. Brandt Snedeker (US) 888    (10)


No change in the top ten for the FedEx Cup after the Valero Texas Open with all of the top ten maintaining their position. Indeed in the top 20 players, only John Huh (who moved from 22nd to 14th) and Matt Kuchar (who moved from 23rd to 20th) actually broke into the top 20.  The two big climbers in the rankings were Matt Every, who moved from 61st to 24th in the rankings, while winner Ben Curtis moved from 200th to 28th on the back of his victory at the Valero Open.




The Race to Dubai Standings

(Amount shown is total prize money in Euros)

1.  Rory McIlroy  (N.Ire)        1,348,517

2. Louis Oosthuizen (S.Af)    1,293,705

3. Justin Rose  (Eng)              1,257,331

4. Branden Grace (S.Af)         1,053,850

5. Peter Hanson (Swe)              986,471

6. Lee Westwood (Eng)            928,787

7. Paul Lawrie (Sco)                  640,018

8. Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel)        625,458

9. Robert Rock (Eng)                560,741

10. Charl Schwartzel (S.Af)     542,720


Ryder Cup Standings

Ryder Cup selection is determined by the top ifve point scorers on the European list, as well as the top five on the World points list who are not already in the team from the European list. As it stands, the European Team would be: McIlroy, Hanson, Kaymer, Rose, Lawrie, Westwood, Donaldo, McDowell, Garcia, Fernandez Castano plus two captains choices.

Team Europe

European Points List

1. Rory McIlroy (N.Ire)

2. Peter Hanson (Swe)

3. Martin Kaymer (Ger)

4. Justin Rose (Eng)

5. Paul Lawrie (Sco)

6. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa)

7. Sergio Garcia (Spa)

8. Lee Westwood (Eng)

9. Alvaro Quiros (Spa)

10. Michael Hoey (N.Ire)

World Points List

1. Rory McIlroy (N.Ire)

2. Lee Westwood (Eng)

3. Luke Donald (Eng)

4. Justin Rose (Eng)

5. Peter Hanson (Swe)

6. Graeme McDowell (N.Ire)

7. Martin Kaymer (Ger)

8. Sergio Garcia (Spa)

9. Paul Lawrie (Sco)

10. Gonzalo Fernandez Castano (Spa)


Team USA

Team selection is based on the top 8 point scorers from the USA Points system, with four additional picks selected by captain David Love III.

Team USA Points

1.  Bubba Watson

2. Phil Mickelson

3. Hunter Mahan

4. Keegan Bradley

5. Tiger Woods

6. Brandt Snedeker

7. Bill Haas

8. Steve Stricker

Just outside the qualifying top 8 places are:

9. Kyle Stanley

10. Johnson Wagner

11. Mark Wilson

12. Matt Kuchar

13. Jason Dufner

14. Kevin Na

Images by  Rory McIlroy Facebook Page

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Troy Vayanos May 16, 2012

Still very close at the top of the world rankings. The top 3 European guys could all swap positions at several points during the year depending on their results.

Spots 10 – 5 there is very little separating the players as well. Quite likely we’ll seek a change there in the coming 6 months.


Tommy Priest May 30, 2012

We agree. And look, the tops spots have been basically interchabgeable.


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