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Entries from March 2009

Nicklaus Beats Woods in Top 10s

March 31st, 2009 · 1 Comment

No one works harder crunching golf’s numbers than Sal Johnson, the editor of GolfObserver.com. As if more proof than his web site were needed, he and Dave Seanor compiled the recently published The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. In it you will find the record of every pro who has played in 25 or more tournaments […]

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Tiger Woods Rediscovers the Art of the W

March 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Tiger Woods proved that he hasn’t forgotten the art of winning as he erased a five shot lead to beat Sean O’Hair by a shot at Bay Hill. Woods putting down the stretch won the tournament and offered more proof that you can throw the theoretical odds out the window when it’s winning time on […]

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Woods Losses his Case

March 26th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Tiger came and he spoke. And he said nothing that could be remotely construed as a defense for the outrageous fees he’ll be receiving for playing later this year in the Australian Masters. Indeed, if his arguments represented his defense, as several writers implied, then his legal mind is on a par with Charles Barkley’s […]

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The Return of Journalistic Integrity?

March 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Tigermania swept the land long ago, sweeping up establishment golf writers in its path as they became infected with the mania and editorial directives that ordered them to praise all things Woods. And so journalists across the land pandered to Woods 24/7, so much so that they began to believe in the fantasy that Mr. […]

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Tiger Woods Tells Aussies to Show me the Money

March 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Tiger Woods is on a fast track to $1 billion dollars in career earnings. He’s filthy rich and he continues to add to his fortune, “earning” more than $100 million a year. And yet you’d think he’s on the poverty line the way he covets a buck. And now Tiger is about to add another […]

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Tiger’s Grand Slam Bid Well Under the Radar

March 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Early last year Tiger Woods brazenly asserted that ”I think it’s easily within reason,” in referring to the Grand Slam Remember that he said that with a bum knee. Then he went out and finished second at Augusta and won the US Open before retiring for the year. If Tiger could be so confident with […]

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Phil Mickelson Back to #2 in WGR

March 15th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Phil Mickelson was ranked #2 in the world when Tiger Woods went home to get his knee repaired. With a golden opportunity to ascend to #1, Phil went into a funk and had fallen to #5 on February 8. Like one of those knock-me-down dolls, he has bounced back to the number 2, replacing Sergio […]

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Americans Holding Their Own at Doral

March 14th, 2009 · No Comments

My good friend Ryan Ballengee at the Waggle Room wrote an excellent piece the other day on the bias in the WGR. Though I knew they favor foreign players, he opened my eyes to the seasonality bias, which hurts Americans in the early part of the season when players are trying to qualify for the […]

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Mickelson Waves his Magic Wand

March 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Phil Mickelson has missed 16 greens in the first two rounds of the WGC CA and has but one bogey. That’s some high octane scrambling. On Thursday alone he chipped in three times for birdies. This short game and short putt wizardry has earned him a two shot lead over Nick Watney at -13 going […]

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Sergio Garcia wants Major More than World #1

March 11th, 2009 · 3 Comments

USA Today ran the numbers, which revealed that if Sergio Garcia wins the WGC CA this week and Tiger Woods finishes 27th or worse, he will become the new #1 in the World Golf Rankings. This monumental achievement would end Tiger’s 195 week stay at the top. Big deal. If ever there was a story […]

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