World ranking ‘tale of the tape’ for Aussies
Adam Scott is officially again the hottest player on the planet with a wondrous past three weeks netting the Queenslander two titles in succession, the second of them a World Golf Championship event, and a runner-up finish at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera.
The new leader of the PGA TOUR’s FedEx Cup race has more than earned some time with his feet up and that is exactly Scott’s plans as the Tour heads up the road to the Valspar Championship at the Innisbrook Resort this week. With all due respect to that event, there are bigger fish to fry with WGC Matchplay and The Masters drawing ever near.
Adam Scott with the WGC Cadillac Championship trophy (Credit: www.golffile.ie)
Scott has catapulted back inside the top-ten ranked players in the world and has slotted in at No.6 in the latest Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) re-calculation. He will be second only to Jason Day (No.3) as the best ranked Australian but those numbers mean very little to both at this point in terms of their immediate playing futures.
It means a great deal more to others further down the list and it’s interesting to note the movement (up or down) or otherwise amongst the Australians since the beginning of 2016. With the points system balanced between recent points won and others lost from years’ past, quite a number of Australians have won more than they’ve shed on the back of their performances so far in 2016.
Jason Day is in the latter category at this point of the year, having shed more points than he’s won. Marc Leishman (No.29) is in the same category, although he’s already posted a fine result at the Northern Trust Open with a tied 5th finish behind Bubba Watson.
Working down the list: Matt Jones, Steven Bowditch, John Senden and Cameron Smith have dropped slightly but still retain positions in the top 100 players in the world. Masters invitations are on the line for a number of these players if they can log a high finish or two before the cut off at the conclusion of the Houston Open on April 3rd.
The biggest Australian improver, apart from Scott, has been Maybank Championship winner Marcus Fraser – up from 127 at the start of the year to 63 following last week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship.
A continuation of his current hot hand over the next few weeks could see the Victorian earn his first invitation to Augusta next month.
Some strong results for Nathan Holman, Brett Rumford and Jason Scrivener to start the European Tour season have seen them earn rankings boosts and Aaron Baddeley, almost a forgotten man in Australian golf’s broader consciousness, has seen some solid PGA TOUR results improve his ranking by over 100 places to No. 302.
Brad Kennedy’s win at the NZ PGA last week halted his slide out of the top 200 players after the Japan Tour regular had finished 2015 at No. 177. With his win, Kennedy is back up to No. 189.
The PGA Tour of Australasia’s most consistent player over the past 15 months, Matthew Millar, continues to push on at home and has improved his position by another 50 places so far in 2016 despite missing the cut at the Perth International.
The Canberra golfer sits at No.270, almost 1000 places better than where he started at the beginning of 2015.