1. Ian Poulter. Sometimes a number tells the whole story: 258. Wow.
2. Annika. Playing her first real tourney in nearly two years, the mostly retired legend finished a solid 12th at the Pebble Beach Invitational. I give her one more year of sitting around boardrooms and changing diapers, and then she’ll back on tour more or less full-time.
3. Steve Williams. Now that cell phones have been approved for Tour events in 2011, Tiger’s surly caddie can resume his favorite hobbies: strong-arming fans and tossing electronics into water hazards. Fore!
4. Louis Oosthuizen. The king of St. Andrews is bucking the trend and taking up PGA Tour membership next year. I, for one, can’t wait to see more of this big-time talent.
5. Matteo Manassero. He’s the most exciting kid to come along since Rory … or Ryo … or Rickie.
1. Twitter. Somehow it just seems a little less cool now that Tiger has his own feed.
2. Graeme McDowell. Two tourneys in a row he’s had some Sunday slippage, blowing great opportunities to win and take control of the Race to Dubai. Then again, dude won an Open at Pebble and clinched the Ryder Cup, so I guess we should cut him a little slack.
3. Suzann Pettersen. With one tourney to go, the most enigmatic player in women’s golf has five runner-up finishes, one third place and a trio of fourths. Nice consistency, yes, but it’s inconceivable that this mega-talent has won only once in the last three years.
4. Tommy Medina. The 29-year-old mini-tour grinder was threatening to be the medalist at his sectional during the second stage of PGA Tour Q School, but he self-immolated during a final-round 82 that included six bogeys and a double over the final 10 holes. Poor guy missed out on advancing by one measly stroke. Yes, that’s how brutal tournament golf can be.
5. Nov. 27. The one-year anniversary of the fender-bender that changed everything.