Thursday, October 1

Falling: Stock Market, Gas Prices and Elite Golfers in World Rankings

WHAT'S BEEN DROPPING BESIDES THE STOCK MARKET and gas prices?

As Golfweek reported, name players are dropping in the Official World Golf Ranking. Obviously, Tiger Woods is the most famous and dramatic example, but there are plenty of others.

"How tough is it to maintain a high world ranking?" wrote Golfweek. "Well, more than 25 percent of those who began the year in the top 50 are now on the other side."

Following are some examples.

Tiger Woods was 32nd and is now 299th.

Graeme McDowell was 15th and is now 71st.

Victor Dubuisson was 17th and is now 57th.

Keegan Bradley was 28th and is now 53rd.

Joost Luiten was 29th and is now 66th.

Ryan Moore was 30th and is now 51st.

Luke Donald was 33rd and is now 60th.

Steve Stricker was 33rd and is now 170th.

Stephen Gallacher was 35th and is now 96th.

Thomas Bjorn was 36th and is now 142nd.

Jason Dufner was 38th and is now 101st.

Miguel Angel Jimenez was 40th and is now 60th.

Mikko Ilonen was 47th and is now 117th.

John Senden was 49th and is now 62nd.

As Golfweek noted, Graeme McDowell's ranking is his worst since mid-2008 and the last time Jason Duffner was outside the top 100 was in January 2011.

No doubt, it's very tough to stay near the top.

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