Though the HSBC Champions Tournament in Shanghai, China is touting some big names on the leaderboard, it's Francesco Molinari (member of the 2010 European Ryder Cup team) who is currently holding down the fort in the No. 1 slot.
Molinari is -9 through two rounds, but those big names aren't far behind. Current No. 1 golfer in the World Rankings Lee Westwood is in second at -8, while Ernie Els, Richie Ramsey and Jaco Van Zyl are tied for third at -7.
To say this tournament, one of the final of the year with all the major golf stars, is going to come down to the wire is an understatement. Westwood has been able to survive two rounds with a sore calf muscle and isn't in anyway seeing his No. 1 status as a small blip on the radar. He wants to keep that No. 1 spot probably just as much as Tiger Woods feels he needs it back.
Speaking of Woods, he and Phil Mickelson are tied for 9th at -4 through two rounds and looking strong. Mickelson, who had 12 tries to top Woods throughout the year as the world's No. 1, has suffered from spotty play and personal issues throughout the year.
Even with this golf tournament being held in Shanghai (a 12 hour time difference) there is still buzz being generated, and not only on the golf course. Have a look at this picture taken before the tournament started. Now, tell me what's wrong with it.
That's right. Everything.
Moving on... Westwood, Woods, Mickelson, and Martin Kaymer each have a shot to take the No. 1 world rankings with them after this tournament, which means Sunday, if each is in contention, will make for an even more dramatic round of golf.
Then again, with the time difference, the tournament will end early Monday morning in most part of the United States. So there you have it. There's a 1 in 4 chance a new No. 1 will be crowned while you're sleeping.
But that's why there's SportsCenter, right?