With less than two weeks until the next World Long Drive Tour event – the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash (June 3-5) – the latest update on the WLD rankings has left the Open Division No. 1 spot there for the taking. The current top-four competitors: Justin James (No. 1), Ryan Steenberg (No. 2), Maurice Allen (No. 3) and Kyle Berkshire (No. 4) are all within 488 points of one another, and with 1,000 ranking points awaiting the winner in Atlantic City, a shake-up at the top could be in order.
James’ margin at No. 1 dropped after he was unable to compete (due to injury) at the Exchange Celebrating Service: Fort Jackson earlier this month. And with his win, Ryan Steenberg jumped from fourth to second.
Should any of those three behind James claim the 1,000 points for first place that are up for grabs at Atlantic City, there will likely be a new No. 1. However, depending on James’ finish next month, a number of other scenarios are in play.
The points break down for the top four finishers are as follows:
1st – 1,000pts
2nd – 750pts
3rd & 4th – 500pts
The top-four hitters currently have the following points contributing to their ranking:
- Justin James – 6,100
- Ryan Steenberg – 5,937.5
- Maurice Allen – 5,715
- Kyle Berkshire – 5,612.5
There are several scenarios in which one of the players behind James could take over the top spot, however, the easiest is with a win and having the other three finish outside of the top four.
If either James or Steenberg win, they will be the No. 1 ranked competitor following the event.
While that is going on at the top of the rankings, it should be noted that the biggest jumps in the rankings following the Fort Jackson event were from Jordan Brooks and Josh Koch.
Brooks moved from 67th in the world to 35th after a spectacular performance in Columbia, S.C. Brooks made it to the semifinal before losing to Kyle Berkshire, but Brooks hadn’t even planned on competing in the event.
Koch jumped from 46th to 33rd. Koch made it to the quarterfinal before getting knocked out by Brooks.
In the Women’s Division, Phillis Meti maintains her wide lead at No. 1. However, courtesy of her victory at Fort Jackson, Chloe Garner (No. 3) is now 500 points behind Sandra Carlborg (No. 2). Carlborg will defend her 2018 title in New Jersey next month.
The Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash gets underway on Monday, June 3, with the preliminary round of the Open Division, and culminates on Wednesday, June 5, with the Open and Women’s Division crowning a champion live on GOLF Channel from 6-8 p.m. ET.