Annika Sorenstam on top of Golfer Supremacy Rankings, but Tom Kite's better paid
The staff that helps put together William K. Wolfrum’s Golfer Supremacy Rankings are seriously overworked, but they do it for you, and for universal clarity of what golf rankings really are.
Plenty of movement in the GSR’s this week, which is bound to happen when there are no set ranking criterion except winning. Still, after an action-packed week, some old favorites are back on top of the game, and some new names have made their way into the GSR’s.
Golfer Supremacy Rankings
1. Annika Sorenstam
Comments: The queen pocketed $180,000 and her 67th career LPGA Tour victory by winning the MasterCard Classic in Huixquilucan, Mexico. This finally shuts up those who have complained “So, she’s won 66 times, where’s No. 67?”
2. Tom Kite
Comments: On the PGA Tour, Kite finished in the Top-5 in tournaments a record 38,342 times (at least it seemed that way), so it’s nice to see him pick up his eighth career Champions Tour victory after winning the AT&T Classic in Santa Clarita, Calif. Kite earned $60,000 more than Sorenstam got for her victory, again proving that people would rather watch old men play golf than see the best female golfer in the world.
3. Luke Donald
Comments: Donald picked up his second win on the PGA Tour after about a four-year dry spell. With the victory at the Honda Classic, the 28-year-old Englishman continues his run of solid play over the calendar year. Donald would be ranked higher, but the GSR’s have already taken into account his, and every other European’s, eventual collapse at the majors later this year.
4. Arnold Palmer
Comments: Orlando’s Bay Hill Invitational will be renamed the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Sounds fine, his course, his tournament. More than anything, Palmer’s No. 4 ranking is an effort to make the King feel better after Bangkok Al wrote two scathing blogs telling him to get his rickety bones off TV.
5. Mardan Mamat
Comment: The owner of the most fun name to say in the world of golf (go ahead, try it), Mamat thrilled home supporters to become the first Singapore golfer to win on the European Tour, winning the OSIM Singapore Masters. Britain’s Nick Dougherty came in second, earning himself the moniker “That English guy who lost to the dude from Singapore.”
Random factoid: There are seven players on the Ladies European Tour named Sophie or Sofia. This in no way takes away from the blinding uniqueness of Sophie Sandolo, mind you.
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