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Westwood and Kaymer sit on top of the world

Europeans dominate golf's world rankings

Posted Jan 24, 2011 by Jeff Dawson

Martin Kaymer

European golfers are taking over the world! A brash statement perhaps, but following Martin Kaymer’s victory in Abu Dhabi this weekend, Europe now boasts the world number one and two for the first time since 1993.
Seventeen years of seeing the Americans dominate is now well and truly over after Kaymer replaced Tiger Woods in second spot behind Englishman Lee Westwood. Westwood and Kaymer are the new Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer, the last Europeans to sit at the top of the world pile.
This is a fantastic achievement for the current pair and there are strong signs that other Europeans are making a march towards to top of the sport, relentlessly culling those in front of them.
Northern Irish pair Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy occupy positions four and seven with Paul Casey in ninth and Luke Donald in tenth.
That means, for the first time in a long time, there are more Europeans in the top ten in the world than there are Americans. And let’s not forget that we have Ian Poulter, Robert Karlsson and the Molinari brothers, Edoardo and Francesco, hot on the heels of those in the top ten, all of whom will be keen to make their mark over the coming year.
But back to the top - Westwood and Kaymer sit so far ahead of the rest that dislodging them may take a while and the great Woods, who is falling rapidly, will have to find some of the old magic if he is to reclaim the position he held for so long. This is the first time since October 2004 that Woods has been outside the top two. Admittedly he is yet to start his season – he begins at Torrey Pines in California this week – but he is now facing perhaps the biggest challenge of his startling career to date.
Kaymer is showing signs that he will be around the top of the rankings for a long time to come and he is already developing an aura, similar to that which Woods used to enjoy.
Fellow European, Padraig Harrington admitted of Kaymer this week: “He’s probably the most formidable player in the world when he is leading. He seems to intimidate the rest of the field into believing that if he gets in front he is going to win.” Massive praise indeed.
This was Kaymer’s third win in four years in this competition – the other time he finished second – and his success has meant he can now keep the trophy as recognition of this fantastic achievement.
Well done to the Europeans and long may this domination of the world rankings continue.

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