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Pretty meh week over in Tampa at the Transitions Championship, so there’s not going to be a lot of impact on these rankings as only a couple of these guys bothered to tee it up at Copperhead.  This week, we see Retief Goosen sneak into the rankings and Nick Watney continue his strong 2009 and move up a little bit…so without wasting anymore time, the rankings.

1. Phil Mickelson (1): Nothing’s changed…Phil still has the two highest profile wins so far this year.  It’s either going to take a HUGE win to knock him off or a few weeks, either or.

2. Tiger Woods (3): Not gonna lie, this is all about how he looked at the Tavistock Cup.  Tiger is rounding into form nicely and a win at Arnie’s event wouldn’t be out of the question.

3. Geoff Ogilvy (2): It’s kind of unfair to knock down Ogilvy based on something as contrived and trivial as a Tavistock Cup performance, but Tiger is better than Ogilvy when they’re both healthy, and Tiger looks to be coming back.  This isn’t a slight to Ogilvy, as he’s a favorite, but Tiger is Tiger, no matter the Tiger fatigue we’re feeling.

4. Nick Watney (5): t12 at the Transitions after a great performance at Doral shows Watney has put that emotional loss behind him and is moving on.  He’s having the season Anthony Kim should be having…speaking of AK…anyone seen him lately?

5. Kenny Perry (6): A t17 is just another strong showing for a guy who’s seemingly in contention every week nowadays.  I’m expecting a lot from KP this summer.

6. Rory McIlroy (4): Don’t worry, he’ll be back up the rankings soon enough.  He’s too damn good.

7. Retief Goosen (NR): I guess I have to give the man his due.  He’s boring as all hell to watch, doesn’t seem to be able to close the door without some hiccups, but in the end, he got back into the winner’s circle for the first time since 2005 at a course that was playing tough as nails.  Couple this with his t3 at Pebble earlier and I guess I can’t legitimately keep him off anymore.

8. Sergio Garcia (7): The only thing keeping him on this list is my mancrush.

9. Steve Stricker (NR): Three close ones.  The owner of the best putting stroke on tour knows how to score well and get the ball in the hole.  I’m not 100% sure he’ll get a W anytime soon, but he’s had a pretty solid, if under the radar, 2009 and when you can putt like Stricker, you’ll be around the leaders after four days.

Just imagine if Sergio could putt like Stricker…that’d be a tough combo.


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