29 Apr '12, 8pm

The Official World Golf Ranking might be a fundamentally biased system.

When Rory McIlroy tweeted on April 15, "#1 again without touching a golf club this week ... I wish it was that easy!" it was just the latest dig at the Official World Golf Ranking. McIlroy seemingly arbitrarily taking over for Luke Donald gave critics a new excuse to take shots at a system they've long distrusted, mostly because it seems indecipherable. Besides offering at least partial satisfaction to the human appetite for quantifying who really is the best, it is complexity that has been the ranking's greatest ally. Through mostly ignorance, none of the criticisms leveled have been astute or specific enough to get traction. Until now. According to two Ivy League professors, the most important classification system in golf -- the criteria for the touring pro's back-stage pass to global competition -- might be a fundamentally biased system. Based on the research of Mark B...

Full article: http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-tours-news/2012-04/gwar-st...

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