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The former U.S. Open champion began the year at No. 36 and has fallen to No. 56. This is the last week of golf that counts toward the world ranking, and the Masters takes the top 50 at the end of the season.

Holding down the 50th spot is Thorbjorn Olesen, who is not playing this week. Neither is Alex Noren, who is at No. 51. George Coetzee is at No. 49 and playing the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

Besides Ogilvy, the only other player from No. 51 through No. 60 playing this week is Marcus Fraser of Australia, who is at the Johor Open.

If there are no changes in the world ranking, 14 players would be added to the field, bringing the total to 85 players going into the new season. Any winner of a PGA Tour event gets in (except for Puerto Rico), along with the top 50 after the Houston Open.


JONES AWARD: Davis Love III goes from one prestigious honor to another. Unlike the Ryder Cup captaincy, the Bob Jones Award won’t take two years out of his life.

The USGA selected Love to receive its highest honor. The Bob Jones Award began in 1655 and recognizes an individual who demonstrates the spirit, personal character and respect for the game that was reflected in Jones, golf’s greatest amateur and a nine-time USGA champion.

Love has won 20 times on the PGA Tour, along with the 1997 PGA Championship at Winged Foot. The reason for being chosen for the Bob Jones Award perhaps was summed up best by longtime friend Tom Kite.

“Davis has conducted himself with such style and grace that everyone in the game respects and admires him,” Kite said. “And Davis respects and admires those who make our game so rich. The big thing Davis has in common with Bob Jones is that as much as he loves golf, he loves the people in golf more.”

Love previously won the USGA International Book Award for “Every Shot I Take,” a tribute to his late father. He also received the Payne Stewart Award from the PGA Tour in 2008. Love will receive the Bob Jones Award on Feb. 2 in San Diego during the USGA’s annual meeting.


WORLD CUP RETURN: The World Cup of Golf returns this year, and it could have an old look _ with a new wrinkle.

The International Federation of PGA Tours is considering a proposal to return the two-man competition to 72 holes of stroke play, which would allow for an individual champion along with the lowest team score. The last time the World Cup used that format was in 1999, when the Americans won with Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara and Woods won the individual medal

The new wrinkle? With an individual competition, the federation is looking into offering world ranking points.

“We’re still in discussions about that,” PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said. “Those discussions do include the possibility of converting it into stroke play with a team element and ranking points.”

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