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What a week.  Phil came back with a roar, and Tiger, Rory, and Nick Watney turned in fantastic performances.  They say the PGA Season really starts at Doral, and I guess after this weekend, they’re right.

Lets get to the rankings:

1. Phil Mickelson (7): I don’t think this is rash.  Winning at Riviera and Doral is a big deal, and big wins at important tournaments.  Not only that, but the way he’s rounded back into form, he’s re-established himself as the second best player in the world.  And while the best is still on the mend, Phil gets to nab to the top spot, something he’s inching closer to grabbing in the OWGR.

2. Geoff Ogilvy (1): A pretty mediocre defense of his title aside, Ogilvy has proven that he’s been on top of his game so far this year.  He still is a two-time winner, and that counts.  Here’s why he’s above Tiger…I weigh Ogilvy’s Benz and Match Play wins, coupled with his mediocre WGC CA a better barometer than Tiger’s good showing at Doral and early exit at Match Play.  Of course Tiger being Tiger means a lot, but so far, I still think Ogilvy is a bigger threat to win at the moment.

3. Tiger Woods (3): Pretty decent week despite the warts.  He looked a lot stronger than he did at Match Play, but something still doesn’t seem right.  This could be me imagining things, but he kind of looks like Ernie when Ernie came back from his knee injury.  He’s just moving…different.

4. Rory McIlroy (2): He looked good for three rounds and had a rough go Sunday.  He’s still got a great resume for 2009, and playing on US courses doesn’t seem to faze him in the slightest.  There are big things in store.

5. Nick Watney (NR): A win at Torrey Pines and a toe-to-toe slobberknocker with the second best player in the world at Doral is proving Watney is something special.  That last round at Doral was great.

6. Kenny Perry (6): Couldn’t make it work on the weekend, but was still in contention.  Unless you’re Tiger, you can’t win every week, but if you contend often, that goes a long way in these rankings.

7. Sergio Garcia (5): Unimagineable at the beginning of the year, Sergio is in danger of dropping off the rankings entirely, joining Anthony Kim.  A pretty awful performance from a supposedly elite player.  The only reason he’s still ranked?  My mancrush on him…he’s still fun as hell to watch.

Just missed: Davis Love III, Anthony Kim, Sean O’Hair.

Still a little early to really get an idea of who are the elite players, but a few big names are beginning to show up week after week.  I think we’ll have a good idea in the next three weeks who the best players going are heading into the Masters.

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