The Loop

The rankings conundrum

March 31, 2009

The Associated Press' Doug Ferguson notes in a story on the perplexities of the World Ranking that Davis Love III would have done better to sit out the Bay Hill Invitational rather than playing in it. Had he sat, he'd still be in the top 50 in the World Ranking and in contention for a Masters berth. By missing the cut, he fell from the top 50 and will have the win the Shell Houston Open to go to Augusta.

Ferguson also notes that had Love made the cut and finished 41st or better, he'd have secured a place in the Augusta field.

"Presented that scenario at the start of the week, the choice would have been simple," Ferguson writes in conclusion. "Because no matter how complicated it has become, it ultimately comes down to performance."

-- John Strege