Monday, January 17, 2011

McDowell and Mickelson tied for 4th in world rankings

With Phil Mickelson making his season debut in Abu Dhabi this week, and Graeme McDowell already having come tantalizingly close to earning a playoff berth in Kapalua, a significant storyline for the week will be if McDowell can pass the Masters champion for 4th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

As of Monday, they are tied. With the release of the new rankings, McDowell and Mickelson each average 6.24 points per event.

Just like last time McDowell played in the United Arab Emirates, the Ulsterman can surpass a rival in a key ranking list. Last time he was there, McDowell had a chance to overtake Martin Kaymer for the Race to Dubai title in the Dubai World Championship.

Ultimately, number one is the ranking that matters, but as McDowell’s starts from this time in 2009 burn off – and he presumably retains form well enough to replace them with better finishes – he could easily hop into the top three, leaving Mickelson in his dust. Or, maybe more appropriately, sand.

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