Steve Stricker collapsed in the final round of the Bob Hope Classic with a quadruple bogey and a triple bogey.
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By Alan Shipnuck
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Hot

\n1. Pat Perez. Don't forget, Tommy Bolt controlled his temper just enough to win 15 tournaments, including a U.S. Open.

2. The Spanish dude who won in Qatar. Did you know that someone named Alvaro Quiros is now in the top 30 of the World Ranking? Me neither.

3. Catriona Matthew. The Scottish veteran won the inaugural LPGA Brazil Cup with some stout golf in tough conditions despite being five months pregnant. Of course, she's still thinner in the middle than John Daly and half the guys on the Senior tour.

4. The King. Arnie Palmer was the biggest star at the Hope, and he added a much-needed touch of class to an event struggling to survive. At nearly 80, the guy is a walking national treasure.

5. The women of the FBR. I'm on my way to Scottsdale. With mirrored sunglasses.

Not

1. Steve Stricker. Brutal.

2. The PGA Merchandise Show. At this shrine to conspicuous consumption the soundtrack used to be ringing cash registers. In this economy, it's crickets.

3. Lee Westwood. He was positioned to make a run in Qatar until a Sunday 74 sent him free-falling to 27th place. Is this guy ever going to win again?

4. The Greater Milwaukee Open. Its title sponsor, US Bank, just announced it is pulling out after this year, putting this scrappy little tournament on the endangered list. Remember how the GMO gave Tiger a much-needed sponsor's exemption when he was a rookie? And how he's regularly said since that he'd like to go back and play it again as a thank you? Uh, Tiger, you'd better hurry.

5. USGA. Its net assets are down $101 million, according to a recently released annual report. I'm sure they'll make it all back, one $30 U.S. Open hat at a time.

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