If we had told you five years ago that the ‘Big Five’ of Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Phil Mickelson would be out of the top 10 in the World Ranking before the end of 2011, you’d have laughed at us. Yet it is about to happen.
Is this a changing of the guard? The World Ranking tells us it is and it’s not just Tiger Woods who has fallen from grace. The former world No 1 now finds himself outside the top 50 in the official world golf rankings for the first time in 15 years, alongside Vijay Singh (54) and there’s every chance that the pair will be joined by Els (45) and Goosen (40) over the next few weeks.
Even Mickelson has started the slide and is currently 10th in the Ranking, and looking like he will drop out of the top 10 sooner rather than later
Have a look at the World Rankings of five years ago and you will see that only two golfers have survived by the touch of a well-played chip. Of course Adam Scott hasn’t really ‘survived’ at all – more like he has recovered to force his way back into the top 10.
Is this really a changing of the guard? Are the elder statesmen simply not playing enough golf? Can they bounce back into the top 10?
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