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No. 1 spot revolving door in Majors World Ranking

May 31, 2012

Does anybody want to be the No. 1 angler in the world? Since the start of February, the top spot in BassRankings. com’s Majors World Ranking has been a revolving door. What constitutes a revolving door? Try 10 changes, with six different anglers holding the title at one time or another. At the start of February, Brent Ehrler held the title until a 2010 event dropped — uses a continuous two-year window to create its Majors, Minors and Women’s World Rankings — and Mark Rose took over the top spot. A week later, Rose, Ehrler and Andy Morgan all did poorly at an FLW Tour event at lake Okeechobee, allowing Kevin VanDam to leap from fourth to first right before the Bassmaster Classic. And he would have headed into the Classic at No. 1 had his 2010 Classic victory not dropped off,

by Sean Ostruszka, Editor

allowing Rose to again take over the throne, even after the 2012 Classic. Your head hurt? Better get some Advil, because we’re just getting started. In early March, a 2010 FLW Tour event on Table Rock dropped off, allowing Edwin Evers (who finished 138th in that event) to leap from seventh into first. Of course, his reign was short lived, though not as short as Andy Morgan’s, who held the spot for only two days before VanDam took it back over at the end of March. The end of March was when VanDam was primed to dominate the No. 1 spot for the foreseeable future, as his poor start to the 2010 season had begun dropping off. Instead, he’s slumped in 2012, and Evers reclaimed the No. 1 spot after the Elite Series event on Bull Shoals. But wait, there’s more. David Dudley won an FLW Tour event at Beaver Lake, jump- ing him to No. 1 for the first time and into a power struggle for the top spot. You see, a week later an- other poor finish dropped off VanDam’s list, jumping him back to No. 1. Dudley then took it back after his finish at the Potomac, but again, VanDam was helped out by a tournament drop- ping off (shows how poorly he did at the start of 2010) to regain the top spot at the end of May, when this article was submitted. A week later the Elite Series and the FLW Tour had major events at the same time on Toledo Bend and Kentucky Lake, respectively. With a solid top 20 finish David Dudley once again vaulted to the top of the rankings. So what lies in store for the rest of the season? You might as well consult a Magic Eight Ball. Next up, the Elite Series heads north to VanDam’s old stomping grounds, so things look primed for KVD to take the top spot back over. Then again, it’s fishing, which means anything can happen. BWU



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