1. Tiger. Hello again, world.
2. Sean Foley. Three of his pupils have won in the last four weeks. I can’t wait to read all about it in his memoirs!
3. The Masters. It’s always a big deal. Given how the season’s first three months have gone -- and the free-for-all that was last year’s toonamint -- this should be an all-timer.
4. The LPGA. Yani is merely the most dominant female athlete on the planet, and at this week’s Dinah Shore she can take the first step toward the Grand Slam. I know I’m rooting for her. You should be, too.
5. Casey Wittenberg. The one-time phenom has slowly, patiently rebuilt his career, and a big-time victory on the Nationwide tour gets him that much closer to the PGA Tour, where he has always belonged.
1. G-Mac. On Sunday he played the final seven holes in three over par, looking increasingly overwhelmed by the course and the situation. It might not have changed the outcome, but it sure would have been nice to see Tiger pushed a bit by his playing partner.
2. Michelle Wie. She had to fight to break 80 two days running and missed the cut by a mile at the Kia Classic, where she was heavily promoted by the title sponsor. Yes, Wiesy was rusty from cramming for her Stanford finals, but that old excuse is no longer gonna be valid going forward. It’s time for her to step it up.
3. Ryo Ishikawa. Nice lad, great ambassador for the game, pretty good player, but the fact that he’s been invited to the Masters and Ernie Els has not is an absolute miscarriage of justice. The Bashful Prince had better play well at Augusta, or the electronic backlash is not going to be pretty.
4. Ian Poulter. My favorite anecdote from “The Big Miss” is Tiger calling Poults a “d--k” for mooching a ride home on Woods’s jet. Surely we can all relate to this.
5. The Houston Open. It’s a nice little tournament, but the suspense is brutal. Can’t we just skip this week and proceed directly to the Masters?