Jack Nicklaus was NEVER the best player in the world!
Over the last few weeks, I’ve asked this question in various ways of guests on the show. Does the number one player in the world need to have a Major championship to validate his ranking. The responses have been mixed.
I’m of the opinion, that the fact that the last two number ones do not own a Major, is not necessarily a reflection on them, but, it’s a reflection on the rest of the crop of golfers. You can’t blame them for the system, and how players react to getting themselves ranked. It is Luke Donald’s fault that tournaments in the mid-East in the beginning of the year accrue more points than events on the PGA Tour that same week.
It occurred to me on Sunday, as I was watching the final round of the US OPEN, and as NBC had a phone conversation with Jack Nicklaus about what Rory McIlroy was doing the field, that the man with the MOST Major championships was never the number one player in the world. He wasn’t for two reasons, one, there were no world golf rankings in his prime, but even if there had been, Jack’s schedule would have precluded him from rising up the ranks to achieve that position. Gee, a system where the greatest player in the history of the game, was never the greatest player of his time.
I say all of this, to say that we must be getting closer each day to a World Tour. I don’t have any idea how the economics would work, but with each passing tournament, especially with each passing Major, it becoming more and more clear.