With four (of six) televised tour events this season in the rear view mirror, there are several notable changes that have taken place in the latest world rankings. Justin James saw his hold on the No. 1 ranking shrink and ultimately eclipsed in the last month. He had been ranked No. 1 since 2017 until the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash in June, when he was passed by Ryan Steenberg.
Now, it’s Kyle Berkshire – courtesy of his dominant win at the ROC City Rumble in July – who sits atop the Open Division rankings.
Berkshire’s current points margin is a sizable one, and for good reason. He has been the most consistent hitter over the last two years, making it to the televised portion of every tour event dating back to July 2017. With his win in Rochester, he moved to No. 1 with 6712.5 points.
Steenberg and Will Hogue are now tied at No. 2, with 5412.5 each. They are followed by former No. 1, James, with 5337.5 points.
Tim Burke, who has two wins this season, the Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun and Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash, stands at No. 5 with 4887.5 points.
Berkshire’s opponent in the final at the ROC City Rumble, Martin Borgmeier, started the season tied for 36th, and after strong showings at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash and ROC City Rumble, now finds himself at No. 8 in the world.
In the women’s division, reigning world champion Phillis Meti, who claimed her third win of the season at the ROC City Rumble, further cemented her strangle-hold on the No. 1 ranking, and now has 10,250 points to her name. Her closest competitor, five-time world champion Sandra Carlborg, stands at 6550 points.
The final World Long Drive tour event prior to the season-culminating World Long Drive Championship – Tennessee Big Shots benefiting Niswonger Children’s Hospital – will take place from August 10-12 in Kingsport, Tenn.