I haven’t complained about the Rolex Rankings lately so rather than let them think I’m ignoring them…
So Annika Sorenstam winning the SBS while Suzann Pettersen finishes T16 equates to Annika jumping from #4 to #2 in the rankings (over Karrie Webb as well). Annika’s Rolex Average jumped from 7.34 to 8.22 while Suzann’s stayed virtually the same, further accentuating the system’s bias toward players with fewer events played. If she wins again at Fields, I calculate Sorenstam’s Rolex Average will be 9.03. At this rate, she should catch Ochoa in about two months. Unless of course, Ochoa elects to not play at all – then it will take much longer for her to be caught!
Natalie Gulbis didn’t have a good week at SBS, but she made the cut and finished T51. Still she fell two spots, from #19 to #21, behind Seon Hwa Lee (who finished T12) and Yuri Fudoh, who didn’t play at all, in any tournament. So in the case of Fudoh we have another example of how Rolex would prefer you to NOT PLAY over finishing less than Top 20 on the best Tour in the world. This isn’t an isolated instance, either. Just look a little farther down – Catriona Matthew didn’t play at SBS. She jumped two spots to #26, passing Sherri Steinhauer (T25 at SBS) and Maria Hjorth (T42).
Russy Gulyanamitta is now ranked #174, a jump of 423(!!) spots from last week. Erica Blasberg jumped 52 spots to #183. Look at their results from the last two years and include the SBS (that’s what Rolex measures). Does Russy finishing T2 over Blasberg’s T8 at SBS REALLY outweigh Blasberg’s performance advantage over Russy during that span? Admittedly the difference between players 174 and 183 is negligible, but there is no way Russy should be ahead of Erica no matter the margin. And don’t get me started on Grace Park being ranked behind her too! “…two made cuts in 15 career starts…”, he mutters under his breath.
Is that enough? If you want more, I’m sure you can find them.