PEBBLE BEACH, CA - FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson wait on the seventh hole tee during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 12, 2012 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
The top five players going into the PGA BMW Championship are no strangers to tight competition.
Tiger Woods was in his 642nd week as the number one in the world, according to the Official World Golf Ranking. Woods also holds the lead so far in points for the FedExCup with the leading total points of 2,481.
Matt Kuchar has two wins and a 278-point gap from the leading total, marking a shift forward from his rank of number three to two and tightening the competition.
Phil Mickelson, the second left-handed player to win The Open on the PGA Tour, ranks number four with 2,118 points.
Brandt Snedeker, the 2012 FedExCup winner, has two wins and 303 points to make up in order to tie the lead.
Billy Horschel holds number five with 1,461 points.
Woods has five BMW Championship wins on his record for the years ’97, ’99, ’03, ’07 and ’09.
Over the past 24 years since the ranking system began, many other prominent players have held the number one title including Greg Norman, 331 weeks, Nick Faldo, 97 weeks, Luke Donald, 56 weeks and Rory McIlroy, 39 weeks.