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Hot? Sabbatini. Not? Westchester?

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A tight-mouthed, solid-playing Sabbatini pocketed plenty of cash in Hawaii.

1. K.J. Choi. My prediction for the champion's dinner at the 2009 Masters: Lots of kimchi.

2. Al Sharpton. One of the lessons from the Kelly Tilghman situation is that Rev. Al has more juice than Tiger Woods, who seemed to have saved his friend until the Golf Channel brass caved within minutes of Sharpton entering the fray.

3. Darren Clarke. With a fourth place finish at the Joburg Open, Clarke had his best tournament in the 16 months since his wife died. No story would be as heartwarming as seeing Clarke return to glory.

4. Rory Sabbatini. Sure, he never wins anything, but with a quiet second at the Sony he pocketed $572K and managed not to annoy anyone in the process.

5. Waialae Country Club. This simple, subtle little gem is proof that courses don't have to be 8,000 yards to bedevil the pros. Of course, a steady two-club wind never hurts.


1. Westchester Country Club. The venerable New York club may be getting dumped as the host of the first FedEx Cup "playoff" event, in favor of Ridgewood Country Club in Joisey. Many reasons have been cited by the Tour except the real one: Tiger hates Westchester.

2. Bill Murray. George Lopez will be hogging the mic at this week's Bob Hope, further usurping Murray as golf's most high-profile funnyman. But George, remember this: We know Bill Murray. Bill Murray is a friend of ours. You, sir, are no Bill Murray.

3. Butch Harmon. He has begun working with John Daly. Butch's recent tour of Iraq will seem like a vacation by comparison.

4. Tour bureaucracy. The new "Rule 78"—whereby players can make the cut but still not get to play on the weekend—has gone over like a fart in church. It's the Tour's biggest debacle since ... the FedEx Cup points system.

5. Brad Faxon. The likeable vet is out for months following recent knee surgery. And yet he still won't log as much couch time as his bud Fred Couples.

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