Jordan Spieth’s big week: Becoming a father, and returning to No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings

Even when he dropped in the rankings, Jordan Spieth never lost faith that he’d eventually be back on top of the world.

This week officially marked that triumphant return.

Not only did Spieth and his wife Annie welcome their first son, Sammy, on Wednesday, but the former Texas Longhorn also regained his place at No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, knocking Jon Rahm out of the top spot.

Spieth started the calendar year well from the top, but won for the first time since the 2017 Open Championship in April at the Valero Texas Open, then finished T-3 at the Masters a month later. Spieth added runner-up finishes at the Charles Schwab Challenge and Open Championship for his best season on Tour since 2017.

He still sits at No. 11 in Official World Golf Ranking, but Spieth’s consistency over the last year — a key for the Sagarin formula — propelled him above Rahm.


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How the Sagarin rankings are determined

Jeff Sagarin’s rating system is based on a mathematical formula that uses a player’s won-lost-tied record against other players when they play on the same course on the same day, and the stroke differential between those players, then links all players to one another based on common opponents.

The following list is an explanation of each category Sagarin uses to formulate his rankings.

POWER RATING: This is NOT a stroke average. The rating is calculated using a player’s record, stroke differential and connection to all the other players in the database. The difference between

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By: Tim Schmitt
Title: Jordan Spieth's big week: Becoming a father, and returning to No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings
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Published Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2021 13:00:58 +0000

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