Phil Mickelson presented the green jacket to Zach Johnson, who said afterward that it was a 40 regular.
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By Alan Shipnuck
Friday, April 13, 2007


1. Zach Johnson. A surprise but not a fluke. He's been dominant on every tour he's played — Prairie, Hooters, Nationwide — and now he's beginning to settle in on the PGA Tour. Expect this flinty grinder to be a regular factor at the majors, where tougher setups perfectly suit his controlled game. And, by the way, success couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

2. Hootie Johnson.

3. Rory Sabbatini.

4. Retief Goosen.

5. Nick Faldo.


1. Tiger Woods. There were physical and mental errors galore during one of Woods's sloppiest performances ever at a major. Combine that with the yipped gimme that led to his ouster at the Match Play, and suddenly Woods is looking downright human.

\n2. Phil Mickelson. As Sunday charges go, starting with a triple bogey on a waterless hole is not exactly the ticket. As this was the first major since his abysmal second-half slide in '06, Mickelson left Augusta with even more questions about the state of his head and heart.

\n3. The Masters. Sunday was good fun, as always, but the first three rounds bordered on dull, thanks to a brutal setup and frigid temperature. And don't tell me the lords of Augusta have no control over the weather.

\n4. Justin Rose. There were long stretches where he looked like the best player in the field, but the young Englishman blew up at exactly the wrong moment: the 71st hole when he was just one stroke back. Hopefully he'll learn from it, rather than be scarred.

\n5. Ernie Els. Three months into his three-year plan to try to reach No. 1 in the World Ranking, Els missed his first cut at a major since the '99 PGA. Funny, but that week at Medinah marked the emergence of Tiger as the game's dominant player, and Els has never been the same since.

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