Looks like new Golf Magazine editor David Clarke is shaking up their Top 100 ranking process, reportedly naming former Links editor Joe Passov to supervise an overhaul.
Here's a GolfClubAtlas thread on the topic, including a confirmation from former contributing editor and ranking coordinator Tom Doak, who didn't waste much time lavishing praise on the new guy. I wonder why!? :)
What caused the shakeup? Perhaps Nine Bridges making the list raised a red flag. Perhaps the panelist conflicts of interest that were undermining the credibility of the magazine. Possibly the excessive number of U.S. courses on the world list? Or all of the above and much more?
Either way, it's a bold and wise move by Clarke.