Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Are all the points across the Pond?

Many people probably hadn't heard the name Alvaro Quiros prior to his Qatar Masters win last weekend, but with his jump from #74 to #28 in the World rankings following the victory they'll be hearing it more. By winning he assured himself a place in the next couple of WGC events and a likely appearence at Augusta this Spring.

Chad Campbell tied for eighth at the Hope and actually fell four spots from #64 to #68. Runner-up in Qatar Louis Oosthuizen, Anders Hansen, who was T12 in Qatar and Hope winner Pat Perez all passed him. So even after a top 10 finish at the PGA stop, Campbell will now be hard pressed to make the top 64 for the Accenture Match Play. All this shuffling has fueled talk that the European Tour is the place to vault up the World Rankings.

In the past two weeks the European Tour has offered a substantially larger number of World Ranking points. For instance, Quiros received 54 points for his Qatar win, while Perez received 32 for this victory at the Hope.

Really this speculation is a mirage. Over the course of the entire season a victory on the PGA Tour will garner a player an average of 50.17 points while a victory across the pond will get you an average of 40.65 points. The strongest fields from last season were the four majors, the three WCG events and the Players. After those a dozen more PGA tour events were also stronger. The Strength of field is determined by a combination of the players ranking and their position on the money list for that tour. This recent swing on the European tour is really an anomaly and that's it.

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