For the first time since 2019, there is a new man on top of the Open Division World Rankings. After a strong run into the Semifinals in Portland, Connecticut, Martin Borgmeier is the new #1 in the World Long Drive rankings. Martin’s rise to the top since his introduction into the sport at the German Long Drive Championships in 2017 is a testament to the time and effort Martin spends perfecting his craft. Kyle Berkshire had been atop the rankings for the last four years but did not participate in Connecticut due to an injury. 

Martin Borgmeier was not the only competitor to walk away from the tournament atop the rankings for the first time in their career. Monica Lieving has put together one of the best seasons out of anyone across all the divisions. Starting the season with two commanding wins set her up to take the top spot in the rankings with another solid showing in Connecticut. Monica’s strong run to the semifinals proved to be enough to put her on top of the standings as the # 1 female,  in just her second full year competing on tour.  

In just under two weeks, World Long Drive will return to West Bountiful, Utah where Martin and Monica will have their first chance to defend their new rankings. As both Martin and Monica are always near the top of the leaderboards,  if not holding the trophy, the spotlight will get even brighter as they enter as world number ones. Monica Lieving’s last competition in Utah resulted in a win, which she will be looking to replicate in this next event. Martin Borgmeier will be in search of his first win since the first event of the year in Mesquite, but the new number one  is consistently one of the most dangerous hitters on tour when he is locked in.