Originally Posted by cgkdisc
Eric McCabe has been the lowest World Ranked player (31st just before Worlds) to win Worlds. However, he had a 1025 rating and was around 10th rated at the Worlds he won. Ratings more than rankings would probably be a better indicator for winning Worlds potential.
Ratings don't mean anything unless you get it playing against good competition. I could name you lots of players with ratings higher than their ability to compete in a real open setting. All you have to do is be very good at one or two local courses. No offense to Eric, but that was a career performance. He is a very good player and he happened to be putting lights out at that tournament. Even so, by your logic, his rating would not have predicted a win for him.