5 Thoughts from the Players Championship

1) Tim Clark wins. This may come as a surprise to many, and certainly very few people picked him on Saturday night to win this thing. Known as a short straight hitter and a great putter (that works, right?), when Tim Clark shows up, he is awesome. He’s come very close to winning the US Open on a few occasions, and plays just scary good when he brings the “A” game.

2) Tough one to swallow for Lee Westwood. He’s led the Masters and the Players after 54 holes this year, and came away with neither. He’s not a choker, as his grit has been on full display in numerous Ryder Cups. He just can’t seem to get it done. He will.

3) Here is the new Top 20 in the World Golf Rankings.

Rank  Player              Country    Avg.    Pts.    Evts    Lost  Gained
   1    Tiger Woods           USA      11.17  446.84      40 -166.85      27
   2    Phil Mickelson        USA       9.66  415.45      43 -112.71  164.95
   3    Steve Stricker        USA       7.75  325.55      42  -80.48  105.85
   4    Lee Westwood          Eng       7.44  386.87      52  -89.58  133.36
   5    Jim Furyk             USA       7.06  331.97      47   -78.7  134.24
   6    Ian Poulter           Eng       6.18  296.58      48  -64.44  125.07
   7    Ernie Els             Zaf       5.92  325.57      55  -65.27     172
   8    Paul Casey            Eng       5.87  258.41      44  -74.99   97.76
   9    Rory McIlroy          Nir       5.53  309.42      56  -68.67  100.94
   10   Martin Kaymer         Deu       5.11  260.66      51  -69.43   97.08
   11   Anthony Kim           USA        5.1   259.9      51  -71.57  149.19
   12   Padraig Harrington    Irl       4.57  246.57      54   -97.2   49.47
   13   Camilo Villegas       Col       4.49  233.25      52  -67.72  118.05
   14   Geoff Ogilvy          Aus       4.25  208.12      49  -78.55   64.16
   15   Retief Goosen         Zaf       4.14  240.19      58  -67.87    79.7
   16   Robert Allenby        Aus       4.09  237.09      58  -65.41    72.1
   17   Hunter Mahan          USA       4.01   200.4      50  -48.76   86.34
   18   Henrik Stenson        Swe          4  191.96      48   -80.5   22.02
   19   Luke Donald           Eng       3.99   167.6      42   -41.1   78.74
   20   Y.E. Yang             Kor       3.88  221.39      57  -40.55   85.25
  

Yes, that’s right, Martin Kaymer is the 10th best golfer in the world. While the World Golf Rankings are not an easy system to understand, what you need to get out of this is………#4.

4) Phil Mickelson has dramatically closed the once-thought-to-be unreachable gap between Tiger Woods and the #2 player in the World. If Phil had won the Players and Tiger had finished outside the top 20 (as he did), Phil would have become #1 in the World. If it came down to divorcing Elin or giving up the #1 ranking to Phil, I bet Tiger would be saying bye-bye to Elin.

5) The Tiger Woods saga thickens. After horribly missing a cut, Tiger withdraws from a major tournament and then slams a shoe to the ground while talking to reporters in the locker room. These are things Tiger Woods does not do.  It’s still hard to feel to bad for the guy.

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