The average world ranking of US Open winners

Adam Scott will try to win the US Open as world No. 1. (Getty Images)
Adam Scott will try to win the US Open as world No. 1. (Getty Images)

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On Wednesday, I profiled the winning score at every US Open ever. Now I wanted to look at average world ranking of the winner for the past 20 years.

To me the US Open is a big boy tournament. That is, I went into this little exercise thinking I wouldn't find many golfers outside the world top 25 who have won the event.

I was sort of right (the median is quite low) but also sort of wrong (the mean is higher than I thought it would be).

Here's a look at the world ranking of the past 20 US Open winners (should be noted that I took the ranking from after the most recent tournament each golfer played before the US Open):

I couldn't find an official Payne Stewart number but based on context clues I estimated him at around No. 15 in the world at the time he won in 1999.

The outliers were few but interesting to look at, nonetheless.

Graeme McDowell: No. 36 (2010)
Lucas Glover: No. 72 (2009)
Angel Cabrera: No. 39 (2007)
Michael Campbell: No. 80 (2005)
Retief Goosen: No. 44 (2001)
Lee Janzen: No. 39 (1998)
Steve Jones: No. 99 (1996)

For those of you more math-oriented, here are your figures.

Mean: No. 25.8
Median: No. 12
Mode: No. 1

Obviously Jones and Campbell are bringing that mean up quite a bit but the median is about what I expected. The best golfers in the world win the best tournaments.

Strangely, the second-most common ranking to win the US Open (behind No. 1) was No. 39. That's tremendous news for Rickie Fowler (currently ranked No. 39).

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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