Well that was fun.
I’m kind of in a post-Masters malaise right now. Sure, the annual trip to Harbour Town is always great because the course is so remarkable and the field typically strong, but the come-down from the Masters is killing me. Sunday was like a day-long golf-crack high, and when the effects wear off, you feel like garbage. Plus, my golf game is in absolute shambles right now, so that’s not helping.
Anyways…enough emo-Spencer for one morning…lets get to this week’s rankings.
1. Phil Mickelson (2): That front 9 30 was unbelievable. Sure, he missed a few short putts that probably would’ve won it for him, but I’m not going to indict the guy for not shooting a 63 on Sunday at tricked-up Augusta. Phil is in top form these days and is the best player in the world. He better bring it to Bethpage though because expectations are going to be through the roof.
2. Tiger Woods (1): As sharp as Phil is, Tiger is as dull. It’s a testament to how great he really is that he can even contend with his game in it’s current state, but he’s doing it with smoke and mirrors. Tiger is not in good form right now with his driver being an absolute liability at this point. He’s not as long off the tee and not accurate in the slightest, and since his iron game isn’t razor sharp, he’s making it happen out of nothing. Every course isn’t going to have par 5’s like Augusta does to make up for a bunch of pars and bogeys…it’s nice to have him back, and he’s still Tiger, but he’s not better than Phil at this point.
3. Kenny Perry (5): The collapse aside, KP had one helluva Masters. It was painful to watch such a nice guy fall apart like that, but what can you do? Sometimes you just run out of gas.
An aside…I recently made a little bet with The Big Lead. $50 that KP top-5’s at the US Open. Smart? Probably not, but I’ll be pulling for him.
4. Geoff Ogilvy (3): Yawn…another big tournament, another solid Ogilvy finish. It would’ve been nice to see him contend, but he still had a good weekend. All I know is that he’ll be my pick at the Memorial, if he enters.
5. Nick Watney (4): Watney kind of faded, but he’s still having a dream season. These rankings are getting a little difficult because all of these guys were expected to finish in the top 20, and they all did.
6. Paul Casey (5): My pick didn’t come through, but again…a t20 was expected and there it is.
7. Angel Cabrera (NR): Time to give El Pato his due? Uh…yea. There will be something more substantial on the guy later this week, but he makes the rankings here with a roar. Perhaps a little low but it’s not like we have a lot to go by as he’s only played 4 events in America. His game was lost for awhile after his AWESOME US Open win, but it looks like he’s found it…that, or he knows Augusta like the back of his hand. Could be either one. I’m going to reserve judgement in the rankings for now, but if he starts to contend and pop up on leaderboards at the majors, you can bet that he’ll be flying up these rankings too.
8. Sean O’Hair (8): Hey! Top 10! The only reason he didn’t go up was because I had to put Cabrera on here somewhere. He’s had a great season and came through when he was expected to contend. Watch out for O’Hair at the Players, Quail Hollow Championship and the PGA Championship.
9. Steve Stricker (10): I would kill to putt like Stricker. This is totally an emotional reaction as I’m becoming a bigger Stricker fan everytime I see him. For the same reason I have a mancrush on Sergio, that ridiculous swing, is why I have a burgeoning mancrush on Stricker. That putting stroke is as good as it gets and his t6 at the Masters was just enough to get me to throw him above…
10. Rory McIlroy (7): A precipitous fall, you say? I know, I know…it’s really not fair, especially to a 19-year old who finished t20 in his first Masters. But, at this juncture, I had to give it to the guys who finished above him, and even though Stricker hasn’t won…eh, I can’t justify it…it’s splitting hairs and it is what it is. He’s 19, he’ll have time to move up.