Will Luke Donald be the world #1 after this week?

There is a chance that Rory Mcilroy or Lee Westwood could overtake Luke Donald as the world #1 on the world golf rankings.  With a win this week from Rory, he would become the world #1, depending on where Mr. Donald finishes in the pack.  Same for Lee Westwood, if he were to win this weeks event and Rory and Luke finished in certain spots, he could be the world #1.

I would love to see an American atop the world golf rankings, but I think that we are going to be on a very long non-USA world #1.  I like that Luke Donald has such a strong connection with Chicago, and I would hate to see him drop from the top so soon.  However, I would like to see Rory take over the top spot.  Golf needs a younger Tiger like persona, and I think that Rory is a much better fit for a young gun than Luke.

Here are some of the past #1’s as well as their regin at the top:

Luke Donald completes 39 consecutive weeks (9 months) as World Number One, now well beyond Vijay Singh’s stretch of 26 weeks (6 months) between September 2004 and March 2005, making Donald’s stint at the top – apart, of course, from Tiger Woods – the longest since Greg Norman’s 96 weeks from 1995 to 1997

The other players who have had official World Number 1 status in the 24 year history of the Ranking are BERNHARD LANGER (3 weeks), SEVE BALLESTEROS (61 weeks), GREG NORMAN (331 weeks), NICK FALDO (97 weeks), IAN WOOSNAM (50 weeks), FRED COUPLES (16 weeks), NICK PRICE (44 weeks), TOM LEHMAN (1 week), ERNIE ELS (9 weeks), DAVID DUVAL (15 weeks), VIJAY SINGH (32 weeks), TIGER WOODS (623 weeks), MARTIN KAYMER (8 weeks), LEE WESTWOOD (22 weeks)

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