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Golf Australia Express : Issue 25
BIG Q THE THE BATTLE FOR TOP DOG POLL HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE STATE OF THE GAME... I S LUKE DONALD’S REIGN COMING TO AN END? WILL THE YOUNG BUCK RORY TAKE OVER? OR WILL ANY ONE OF A BUNCH OF GUYS USURP THEM BOTH IN A SURPRISE TAKE OVER TO BECOME THE WORLD NO.1 GOLFER? WHATCHATHINK? Getting to the top is tough. Staying there’s even tougher. Luke Donald can attest to that fact. His 40-week tenure as the ‘numero uno’ of men’s golf is looking pretty shaky. And it appears the gritty Englishman’s got a real battle on his hands if he’s to stay top dog. Just 12-weeks ago the 34-year-old had a healthy buffer to his nearest rivals in world rankings points. He’d just finished his career-best season, won a stack of money and earned high-regard from his peers. But admiration aside, his colleagues want that coveted position and are lining up to oust him. On Sunday, only Hunter Mahan stood between Rory McIIroy and Donald’s crown. But it’s not just the 22-year-old Northern Irishman knocking on the world No.1’s door. Since Tiger’s self-inflicted abdication, of sorts, in October 2010, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer have also tried out as chief of the posse. And having been shown the door, both men would love another shot at it. Then there’s a gathering of ‘others’—each within striking distance. It includes Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott, Americans Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan and Steve Stricker. Most agree that McIlroy is most likely to become the next No.1. But not all No. 2s make it there. Remember Phil? Unlucky. Yet Mickelson’s in vintage form right now— could the over 40-year-old crack it for another major year and show the kids who’s really the boss? Wouldn’t that be out of left field? And of course there’s another candidate who can’t be discounted. He’s been rebuilding a challenge and looks poised to pounce from the woods. If TW reclaims his best game, maybe he’ll again prove his best is still better than the rest. OTG