May 21st, 2011 by Kristofer Anderson
As Tiger Woods continues to struggle with injuries and a flawed swing, the number one ranking seems to have lost it’s luster. Tiger will drop out of the top 10 for the first time since the 1997 Masters this week. Meanwhile, the top spot is held by Lee Westwood once again. There have only been 14 golfers that have held the title since inception in 1986. This is due to two people, Tiger Woods and Greg Norman. Tiger held the position for a total of 623 weeks, and Norman 331. Now it seems as though every week brings a new challenger to the table, and they all pale in comparison to Woods. Lee Westwood has a grand total of one PGA Tour win, while Tiger has 71 with 14 majors. Lee Westwood’s career has been an impressive one, playing mostly in Europe, but lacks the big wins that define a golfer’s legacy. Tiger may never return to his championship form, but he shouldn’t be dismissed yet. If he can get healthy again there is no limit to what he can accomplish. Until Tiger or another dominant golfer rules the Tour, the rankings will have little meaning to the majority of the golfing world.