1. Luke Donald. The wee Englishman came through with a big-time star-making performance at the Match Play. Now can someone please explain to me how he hadn’t won on the PGA Tour in five years?!
2. Yani Tseng. You know you’re playing some unbelievable golf when a third place finish counts as a slump.
3. 'Bubba played good today.' One of the great interviews in TV history. And in case you haven’t noticed, Bubba is playing good practically every week.
5. The Florida swing. The courses don’t do much for me, but Florida means a steady helping of Johnny Miller and, more to the point, that the Masters is just around the corner. Time to tighten things up, boys.
1. Dove Mountain. It’s a million miles from civilization, leading to tiny crowds, which is just as well, since it’s an impossible course for fans to walk. Throw in this year’s awful weather and it’s clearly time for one of the Tour’s marquee events to find a new home.
2. Rory McIlroy. Losing in the second round is not that big a deal. What was distressing was how little fight Rory showed in getting thrashed 8 and 7 by Ben Crane, of all people.
3. Lee Westwood. He got bounced early from the Match Play, as always, and his stay at No. 1 is now kaput. What was his most memorable moment as the world’s best player? Doubtless it occurred on Twitter.
4. Phil. He played a heavy West Coast to generate some momentum after a poor second-half to last year. But in the wake of his 6-and-5 spanking by Rickie Fowler, it seems like Mickelson is headed in the wrong direction. Yes, I know Phil cares only about the majors, and yes, I know his results were awful heading into Augusta last year. But he can’t expect to keep winning majors just by showing up.
5. Tiger. [This space left blank in memory of Woods’s former mastery.]