Sergio Garcia has a mathematical shot at gaining golf’s #1 world ranking this week. Mr. “Spit In The Hole” (see video below) would have to win at Doral and Tiger Woods would have to finish 27th or worse. They might as well anoint me #1. It makes as much sense.
I can think of several golfers who are obviously (at least in my walnut sized brain) better at this point, Geoff Ogilvy (two wins this year), Padraig Harrington (two majors last year), Anthony Kim, Phil Mickelson (one win so far this year), even Camilo Villegas.
Perhaps too much weighting has gone into 2nd place finishes? Perhaps not enough for major victories (Harrington)? But then again, too much weighting on majors might skew the slide toward players like Zach Johnson and Trevor Immelman.
And also, this whole discussion can raise the question: How can a player sit out for eight months and still be ranked #1 (Tiger)?
.44 points behind Sergio is Phil Mickelson. Why not any pundits discussing the possibility of Phil becoming #1?
I watched every hole of Tiger’s loss against Tim Clark yesterday. Tim Clark wasn’t afraid of Tiger, which was refreshing. Clark hit some great clutch shots en route to his 4&2 win.
Tiger’s game looked a little rusty yesterday. His normally deadly short game wasn’t quite working. His distance control on his chipping was on the long side. He had some directional issues with his approaches. But just when I thought his short game was not looking great he holed out from a bunker for birdie.
On one bunker shot Tiger had about the worst fried egg I’ve ever seen. He took as big of a lash at that thing as I’ve ever seen him take and the knee looked fine. That huge, hard swing didn’t phase Tiger at all. The knee doesn’t appear to be a factor at this point.
Next tournament for Tiger?
In the post game interview Kelly Tilghman asked Tiger when he planned to play next. Naturally she mentioned Doral, where Tiger plays well. Tiger danced around the question and didn’t give a solid answer. I figure he’s going to go home and feel out the knee and analyze his game.
My money is on Tiger returning for Doral at this point and if not a guarantee for Bay Hill.