Sergio is number 3, but then who? a veteran who likes wine and cigars at a slightly improbable 28. Character that he maybe, I doubt anyone would suggest Jiminez is the future, whereas Sergio himself has been described as "experienced" increasingly over the last few years
The credit crunch was particularly brutal on Spain with unemployment reaching something like 25%, it's almost certainly the case too that although they've always been a football country, they experienced an unprecendented level of international success in the last decade which will have coloured the formative influences of the inheritting cohorts. I suspect also that Sergio has no where near the charismatic influence of Seve or Olly in being able to inspire
It's possibly a function also that as more countries enter the market and adopt golf, a squeeze has to be applied to the established order. Last time I checked there was a finite ceiling on the number of top-100 players you could have. I do wonder if there is a bit of a subtle powershift going on with regards to continental Europe though. Traditionally it was the mercurial Spanish supported by the stoic, solid and dependable Swedes. What do we have on todays rankings?
Spain = 3, 28, 64, 65 & 73
Sweden = 4, 46 & 79
Italy = 43, 67, & 97
Germany = 12
France = 22
Denmark = 24 & 98
The Netherlands = 47
Finland = 54
Austria = 70
I'm sure that the Spanish used to have a heavier presence than this, and take out Garcia and that would put 4 coutries best ranked ahead of them.
It's early days perhaps, but 18% of the top-100 made up from continental Europe is one thing, but that nine separate countries are now represented is the possible start of a power shift. If Nicolas Colsearts can regain his position he'd make it ten for Belgium (long way to go though). There's also the possibility that Alex Levy will become the second Frenchmen to break the top-100 soon as well