Here's how the World Cup would have looked with golfers
US, you're still advancing. Chile, not so fast. Brazil, you get a pass.
The knockout stage for the World Cup is almost over so of course I just thought of this idea, but this is how the tournament would have looked if each country had to send its best golfer to play the others.
I used the current OWGR standings which is why some countries didn't produce anyone. If you're ranked No. 1560 that means you're not really ranked -- that's the bottom of the barrel.
Remember, only two move on out of every group.
World ranking in parentheses.
Brazil: Adilson da Silva (264)
Mexico: Carlos Ortiz (168)
Whatever the opposite of the group of death is, this is that group. Whan Carlos Ortiz is the favorite, you know your group is soft.
Netherlands: Joost Luiten (46)
Chile: Felipe Aguilar (133)
Spain: Sergio Garcia (8)
Australia: Adam Scott (1)
Group of death, indeed. Poor Felipe Aguilar, he would just get steamrolled.
Colombia: Camilo Villegas (240)
Ivory Coast: N/A
Japan: Hideki Matsuyama (14)
Weird group, but I'm always in favor of Hideki Matsuyama moving on. Killer.
Costa Rica: N/A
Italy: Francesco Molinari (45)
Uruguay: Rafael Rodriguez-Larreta (1560)
England: Justin Rose (10)
The way England goes in World Cups, I wouldn't be surprised to see Rodriguez-Larreta and Molinari advance.
France: Victor Dubuisson (21)
Switzerland: Martin Rominger (835)
Ecuador: Esteban Calisto (1560)
Dubuisson could cruise through here blowing a carton of cigs a round, easy.
Argentina: Angel Cabrera (91)
Nigeria: Andrew Odoh (1560)
See "Dubuisson" and replace with "Cabrera."
USA: Bubba Watson (3)
Germany: Martin Kaymer (11)
Portugal: Ricardo Santos (279)
Pretty strong group. And just like soccer, the US would advance.
Belgium: Nicolas Colsaerts (140)
Korea: KJ Choi (66)
Russia: Vasily Belov (1560)
KJ Choi and Nicolas Colsaerts is quite a dup. You could take that show on the road.
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