1. Yani Tseng. Four starts, four wins so far in 2011 for the new world number one. It’ll be an upset if Tseng doesn’t win at least a couple majors this year.
2. Badds. He’s always had one of the purest putting strokes on Tour. And the dude took his national championship as a teen, so we know he’s not afraid to win. If he keeps splitting fairways and knocking down pins Baddeley could yet be the player we thought he’d be a decade ago.
3. Match Play Wednesday. One of my favorite days of the year, a dawn-to-dusk march to madness chock full of nail-biting, stomach-churning action. But that’s one of the problems with the tourney — the most exciting round is the first.
4. Vijay. The big Fijian is calling the L.A. Open the finest putting week of his Hall of Fame career. If he can keep that mojo going for a while things could get interesting.
5. Bernhard Langer. I’m still not convinced Martin Kaymer is the best German golfer in the world.
1. Stack ‘N Tilt. To quote the infomercial, “Are you stacked?” The consensus on Tour these days seems to be, “Not anymore.”
2. Kevin Na. From the scorn he’s been getting you’d think Na invented slow play. Not true. He’s merely perfected it.
3. DJ. With great talent comes great responsibility. If Dustin is going to achieve his endless potential he needs to tighten things up. Quickly.
4. Jim Gray. Love him or hate him — and for most of you, it seems to be the latter — Gray’s in-your-face style is simply a bad fit for the touchy-feely Golf Channel.
5. Freddy’s back. How different would his career have been without the endless ailing? How different would the final round of the L.A. Open have been? It was sad to see Couples’s noble run blow up with one violent swing from the weeds.