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Following the completion of last week’s Accenture Match Play Tournament, the new world rankings are out and the top names are not who you’d think they’d be. 

 Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  At this point it seems like a lifetime ago that Tiger overtook Vijay as number 1 ranked golfer in the world, with Phil right on his heels.  Nowadays, you’d have to go all the way down to 5th and 6th in the world just to find an American on the list (Tiger and Phil, respectively).  With a 2nd place finish at the Match Play, 2010 PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer (Germany) has taken over the number 1 spot in the world.  England’s Lee Westwood, who has been at the top spot since Halloween, drops down a spot.  Spots 3 and 4 are now occupied by England’s Luke Donald, who won the Accenture Match Play Tourney and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell who won the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach.

As Tiger has fallen, and Phil has struggled ever since his magical win at Augusta last Spring there has been a migration of golf talent (both towards international players and youth.)  In the newest golf rankings (see below), only 17 of the top 50 players are American.

  Rank   Player   Pt.s
Avg.
  Tot.
Pts.
  # of
Evts.
  Pts.
Lost
2009/10
  Pts.
Gained
2011
 
 
                             
   1     Martin Kaymer,  Deu     8.36     409.49     49     -52.08     105.76   
   2     Lee Westwood,  Eng     8.16     375.35     46     -58.28     8.68   
   3     Luke Donald,  Eng     6.64     345.08     52     -41.49     76.00   
   4     Graeme McDowell,  Nir     6.44     347.91     54     -34.06     48.48   
   5     Tiger Woods,  USA     6.32     252.80     40     -68.75     6.30   
   6     Phil Mickelson,  USA     6.23     274.19     44     -59.23     45.24   
   7     Paul Casey,  Eng     6.02     270.92     45     -46.43     52.03   
   8     Rory McIlroy,  Nir     5.65    305.26     54     -46.53     44.02   
   9     Steve Stricker,  USA     5.49     236.28     43     -52.55     26.03   
   10     Matt Kuchar,  USA     5.20     270.19     52     -34.59     57.70   
   11     Jim Furyk,  USA     5.16     247.85     48     -49.43     11.25   
   12     Ernie Els,  Zaf     4.96     277.89     56     -43.58     10.06   
   13     Ian Poulter,  Eng     4.77     247.95     52     -38.34     13.48   
   14     Dustin Johnson,  USA     4.47     219.00     49     -35.05     27.98   
   15     Bubba Watson,  USA     4.37     209.55     48     -23.22     75.53   
   16     Retief Goosen,  Zaf     4.36     244.32     56     -40.14     30.34   
   17     Robert Karlsson,  Swe     4.34     190.79     44     -18.58     22.54   
   18     Francesco Molinari,  Ita     4.27     230.73     54     -28.56     17.48   
   19     Hunter Mahan,  USA     4.23     228.33     54     -34.69     48.66   
   20     Miguel A Jimenez,  Esp     3.86     216.22     56     -27.12     41.39   
   21     Louis Oosthuizen,  Zaf     3.80     197.51     52     -25.98     25.90   
   22     Alvaro Quiros,  Esp     3.80     208.90     55     -22.10     90.23   
   23     Tim Clark,  Zaf     3.77     188.55     50     -27.64     28.13   
   24     Edoardo Molinari,  Ita     3.61     202.39     56     -30.96     9.74   
   25     Charl Schwartzel,  Zaf     3.60     194.34     54     -25.77     38.25   
   26     Robert Allenby,  Aus     3.45     193.07     56     -34.26     17.34   
   27     Geoff Ogilvy,  Aus     3.36     167.87     50     -30.19     17.40   
   28     Adam Scott,  Aus     3.32     169.40     51     -21.76     5.18   
   29     Justin Rose,  Eng     3.26     179.53     55     -26.82     25.41   
   30     Rickie Fowler,  USA     3.26     140.33     43     -16.96     18.85   
   31     Nick Watney,  USA     3.26     169.57     52     -31.54     35.42   
   32     Kim Kyung-Tae,  Kor     3.18     165.56     52     -18.25     2.05   
   33     Zach Johnson,  USA     3.18     165.48     52     -33.26     7.59   
   34     Anthony Kim,  USA     3.13     146.90     47     -26.70     18.67   
   35     Peter Hanson,  Swe     3.07     147.16     48     -20.11     28.55   
   36     Padraig Harrington,  Irl     3.06     171.18     56     -32.93     3.25   
   37     Jason Day,  Aus     2.98     127.95     43     -18.32     18.73   
   38     Ben Crane,  USA     2.97     157.33     53     -23.08     20.20   
   39     Ross Fisher,  Eng     2.95     150.65     51     -28.46     12.74   
   40     Ryan Moore,  USA     2.91     151.30     52     -23.26     30.11   
   41     Ryo Ishikawa,  Jpn     2.83     158.70     56     -23.52     2.05   
   42     Martin Laird,  Sco     2.75     148.39     54     -18.30     24.57   
   43     Y.E. Yang,  Kor     2.70     151.41     56     -31.10     23.16   
   44     K.J. Choi,  Kor     2.64     137.21     52     -20.63     18.28   
   45     Yuta Ikeda,  Jpn     2.63     147.16     56     -19.55     2.05   
   46     Camilo Villegas,  Col     2.62     138.92     53     -27.99     3.39   
   47     Bill Haas,  USA     2.62     146.77     56     -17.06     40.34   
   48     Bo Van Pelt,  USA     2.56     143.12     56     -22.80     8.05   
   49     Vijay Singh,  Fji     2.50     120.11     48     -13.13     59.69   
   50     Mark Wilson,  USA     2.40     134.45     56     -10.72     102.42   
                             
 

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