How Kaymer could take over No. 1 ranking

Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer
Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The most-watched group in golf this week is in Dubai, where World No. 1 Lee Westwood, World No. 2 Martin Kaymer and World No. 3 Tiger Woods are paired together. There’s a good chance their rankings might change by the time the Dubai Desert Classic is complete.

Consider these scenarios:

• Even with a victory this week, Woods cannot return to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

• If Kaymer wins, he becomes No. 1 unless Westwood finishes solo second.

• If Kaymer finishes solo second, he becomes World No. 1 if Westwood finishes outside the top 10.

• If Kaymer ties for second with one other player, he can become World No. 1 if Westwood finishes worse than 36th.

• Phil Mickelson can pass Woods if he wins at Pebble Beach and Woods is not first or solo second in Dubai. Mickelson can finish as low as a two-way tie for third and have a chance to pass Woods.