Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Eli Jordan’s World Golf Rankings for 4-18-11

The results of the Valero Texas Open had little effect on the World Golf Rankings as of Monday. The majority of the well known participants faded on the weekend and opened the door for several lesser known competitors to make their way to the top of the leaderboard. In the end, Brendan Steele carded a final round 71 to win his first PGA tournament by one stroke over Kevin Chappell and Charlie Hoffman. Steele was the epitome of consistency making 11 consecutive pars in route to victory.

The real story in the world of golf this week was how Rory McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel would fare at the Maybank Malaysian Open one week after the Masters. Both men played solid golf with the green jacket winner Schwartzel finishing a respectable 11th after what was no doubt a whirlwind week for the South African. McIlroy once again found himself in contention on the weekend in Malaysia and finished the tournament in third place behind Gregory Bourdy and eventual winner, 17-year-old Matteo Manassero. For Manassero, it was his second victory on the European Tour before his 18th birthday.

As a result of his win Manassero moves up to 33rd in the World Golf Rankings and Brendan Steele cracks the World’s top 150, coming in at number 132. As for the top ten ranked golfers in the World this week, only a few minor changes with some of the best at home taking off after the Masters.

World Golf Rankings 4-18-11

1. Martin Kaymer (1), Deu, 7.65

2. Lee Westwood (2), Eng, 7.38

3. Luke Donald (3), Eng, 7.02

4. Phil Mickelson (4), USA, 6.63

5. Graeme McDowell (6), Nir, 5.93

6. Tiger Woods (5), USA, 5.89

7. Rory McIlroy (9),Nir, 5.74

8. Paul Casey (7), Eng, 5.68

9. Steve Stricker (9), USA, 5.47

10. Matt Kuchar (10), USA, 5.24

The number in parenthesis is the player’s World Golf Ranking from 4-11-11

Monday, April 4, 2011

Westwood gets a scare before the golf Masters

Lee Westwood can joke about it now, but the world golf number two had a bit of a scare when their private jet from Houston to the Masters made an emergency landing after a fire in the cockpit.

The Englishman, a runner-up at last year's Masters to Phil Mickelson, had played the PGA event and was flying to Augusta on Sunday with compatriot Ross Fisher when the airplane was forced to turn back and land.

"Do the fire engines normally follow you down the runway? Only when there's smoke in the cabin I guess!!!" Westwood posted on his Twitter microblogging website Sunday. "Thanks to the Houston airport firemen for the warm welcome!

"They're not here to put my putter out! That's not on fire!"

Westwood reached Augusta National on Monday and told reporters of his harrowing journey, which he said was caused by a wiring fire in an instrument panel.

"It was a bit scary," Westwood said. "It never looks good when you can smell smoke and you turn round and see the pilots have put the masks on.

"Smoke was coming from the cockpit and they told us later they couldn't drop our masks because they feed oxygen into the cabin. If there was a fire it would have fanned the flames.

"The plane came down in a bit of a nosedive because you obviously have to get down as quick as you can."