Is Australian golf below par?

Aussie Golfer received an email last week from regular reader, Paul Arnfield:

Just on world golf at the moment, a few things have caught my eye.

  1. In the world rankings, Australia has 3 representatives in the Top 50, while South Africa has 5. Perhaps we are not as good as we think!
  2. Europe has taken over the USA having 16 rep’s to 15 in the world top 50.

He makes a couple of interesting points. Adam Scott’s current position relative to his form is flattering but I would tend to argue that it is not so much bad golf by the Aussies but great golf by the South Africans. I can’t believe Tim Clark is rated so low.

The domination of European golfers on the world stage continues. The quality of golfers on the European Tour is a big factor and has larger depth than the PGA Tour.

Australians and South Africans in the Top 50
4 Geoff Ogilvy, Aus
16 Ernie Els, SA
23 Retief Goosen, SA
29 Adam Scott, Aus
34 Robert Allenby, Aus
37 Tim Clark, SA
39 Trevor Immelman, SA
50 Rory Sabbatini, SA

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