1. Martin Kaymer. I hereby declare him the best player in the world under 30.
2. Mickelson-mania. It’s all Phil all the time this week. Golf has never needed him more.
3. Bill Haas. In this case, there’s no shame in being the second best golfer in the family. That 3-iron to the final hole at the Hope was as pure as it gets.
4. Tom Watson. Dude’s 60 and playing some of the best golf of his life. Mind-boggling.
5. Colin Montgomerie. Three of his soon-to-be Ryder Cup stars battled it out in Abu Dhabi … and none of them were named Harrington or Westwood or Garcia or Karlsson or Stenson. Meanwhile, the top 10 of the U.S. points list currently includes Haas, Chad Campbell, Ryan Palmer, Matt Kuchar … and Tiger Woods.
1. Bubba Watson. Still winless after all these years. Maybe he should spend less time wooing Ellen DeGeneres and more time tightening up his swing.
2. Tim Clark. Good news: He’s now made more than $14 million on Tour. Bad news: That’s a record for a guy without a victory. At least until Bubba catches him.
3. Tiger Woods. With Torrey being his traditional season debut, this is the first week his absence is really being felt.
4. Michael Campbell. The U.S. Open champ began his year going 83-77 in Abu Dhabi, deepening a slump that is going on three years. Has any good player ever had as many lows as Campbell?
5. Cali. I usually like to gloat about our climate but this wet winter has been a nightmare. The Hope was a mess, Torrey’s gonna be a slog, and we haven’t even gotten to Pebble yet.