Woods cuts into McIlroy's OWGR lead
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Tiger Woods didn't pass Rory McIlroy in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning the Farmers Insurance Open. Woods cut into McIlroy's advantage, though.
Players are ranked in the OWGR based on their points per start. McIlroy is averaging 12.429 points per start. Woods averages 9.285, about 3.1 points per start behind McIlroy. Woods began the Farmers Insurance Open 4.2 points per start behind McIlroy.
This is McIlroy's 25th consecutive week at No. 1, and 32nd overall.
Woods' next start is expected to come at the WGC-Accenture Match Play. Even a victory there wouldn't push him past McIlroy.
Other notable changes in the OWGR:
• Chris Wood's victory at the Qatar Masters, his first on the European Tour, allowed him to jump 82 spots in the OWGR to No. 60 as the Feb. 11 deadline for the WGC-Match Play Championship nears.
• Charles Howell III began the year at No. 117 in the OWGR. He's 63rd after three consecutive top-10s to start the season.
• Farmers Insurance Open runner-up Brandt Snedeker moved up one spot to a career-high seventh.
• George Coetzee, 26, moved to a career-high 41st after his runner-up finish in the Qatar Masters. The South African is beginning to firmly entrench himself in the top 50.