This week brings a change in the Golf Power Rankings. Our old formula worked well, but perhaps too well as it mirrored the FedEx Cup points list and the money list very closely. In order to bring something new to the table and add a little volatility the ranking will now reflect the 10 players who've earned the most FedEx Cup points over the previous six weeks, therefore providing an accurate snapshot of who's playing the best at the current time.
I worked with SI's statistical guru, David Sabino, to develop a mathematical formula to determine the top 10 PGA Tour players. The rankings incorporate 15 different statistical categories, including wins, top 10s, cuts made, earnings, total driving, greens in regulation, putting average, save percentage, eagles and birdies. Some are weighted to grant them additional influence, so it's more reflective of overall play than simply dollars earned.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Rory Sabbatini holed out for eagle from the first fairway and picked up even more ground with a birdie on the final hole on a thrilling Saturday at the Wachovia Championship, giving him a share of the course record with an 8-under 64 and a final pairing he wanted with Tiger Woods.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The steamy South gave way to the chill of late fall in New England. The more sudden shift came on the leaderboard at the Wachovia Championship, and not too many fans were disappointed with how it shook out.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Tiger Woods hit his stride early with three birdies through five holes and a collection of par saves that kept his round going. Vijay Singh came to life late with an eagle-birdie flurry to rescue an otherwise shaky round.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Padraig Harrington took three weeks off, the longest break from golf in his 10 years as a pro, and worried that he wouldn't be very sharp Thursday at the Wachovia Championship. He wasn't satisfied with hardly anything but his score.
The Golf Power Rankings are derived from an equation that takes into account wins, top 10s, cuts made, earnings, total driving, greens in regulation, putting average, save percentage, eagles and birdies. The scores range from 175 for No. 1 to 73.6 for No. 10, and go all the way down to single digits for the approximately 365 players ranked each week. (Editors' note: Any reader who can figure out the equation will win a free SI hat, or some other lame prize.)
After a brief hiatus, the golf Power Rankings return. During their absence, we decided to limit the rankings to PGA Tour players, and SI's statistical guru, David Sabino, worked with me to develop a mathematical formula we could use to determine our top 10. The new rankings incorporate 15 different statistical categories, some weighted to grant them additional influence, so it's more reflective of overall play than simply dollars earned.
Augusta, Ga., April 7, 2007 -- By PGA Tour standards, Vijay Singh is an old man. At 44 in the Age of Tiger Woods, he should be counting his pension assets and preparing to break Hale Irwin's Champions Tour record of 45 wins. He shouldn't be staying on the range all hours of the night, making busy work for the Augusta National grounds crew.
AUGUSTA, Ga.(AP) Last year's Ryder Cup rookies were this year's early leaders at the Masters. Zach Johnson and Henrik Stenson were among the few players shooting under par Thursday during a slow start at Augusta.
Jeev Milkha Singh puts down his glass of Cabernet, leans back in his chair and lets out a long, bellowing yawn. "Man, I'm jet-lagged," he says, his bloodshot eyes scanning this French-fusion restaurant on the outskirts of Tucson. "I'm really feeling it."
You've seen golf's most determined man win this way before. There he was, three shots back going into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club in Orlando, but he was clearly the classiest of the contenders since he had already won once this year as well as 18 other times in the past four-plus seasons. We're so used to seeing him win that it's more of a shock when he doesn't.
Following the first round of the new golf season, at last week's Mercedes-Benz Championship at Kapalua's Plantation Course in Maui, Hawaii, Vijay Singh sauntered into the press room expecting to discuss the 69 that had put him among the early leaders. Instead he was asked about the FedEx Cup, the overarching name for the PGA Tour's radically reorganized schedule.
1. VJ Thirty wins since turning 30, the second man to cross $50 million in career earning, the almost-44-year-old Vijay Singh just keeps coming. If he putts all year like he did at the Mercedes, he will easily re-establish himself as the second-best player in golf.
Raise your hand if you thought Vijay Singh's remarkable three-year run ended last year and he was about to turn into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight, just another Tour player caught in his mid-40s who might manage some top-10 finishes but was finished as a legitimate contender.