1. Ian Poulter. Maybe he really is destined to be No. 2.
2. Bernhard Langer. The ultimate driving machine from Germany stole a Champions event in sudden death with an outrageous hole-out for eagle from a nasty plugged lie in a greenside bunker. More amazing was that he actually smiled in victory.
3. Lads. With Poults joining Casey and Westwood, there are now three Englishman in the top 10 of the World Ranking. Who’s going to be the first to win a major? I’ll take Westwood.
4. Ai Miyazato. She shot a final-round 63 to roar to victory at the LPGA’s season-opener in Thailand, foreshadowing what is going to be a monster year for the wee lass with the sweetest tempo in the game. And you thought Ryo Ishikawa was Japan’s most exciting player.
5. Tiger Woods. It was painful to watch, and sometimes off-key, but his re-entry into public life was a necessary first step for all of us.
1. Suzann Pettersen. She coughed up a huge final round lead. Again. SP’s like Phil, circa 2003 — an awesome physical talent and world-class head case.
2. Sergio. Getting beat 7 and 6 is bad enough. But his petulance about Poulter’s perfectly legit exploration of the rules was bush league. (See the video below) Does adidas make a conforming pacifier?
3. Steve Williams. From the sound of his recent quotes, Tiger’s thuggish caddie is already spoiling for a fight. Woods’s future interactions with the gallery are already going to be fraught; the last thing he needs is a short-fused Kiwi stirring up trouble.
4. The Dalai Lama. I know the guy has deeper things to ruminate on, but he had never, ever heard of Tiger Woods? Someone send him a copy of “Zen Golf,” stat!
5. Cameron Beckman. Has anybody ever picked a worse week to win a Tour event? The amiable veteran prevailed at Mayakoba but only his wife, agent and accountant are aware of it.