Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Large growth in Tier III

My first guess as to how the tiers might change with Tiger's win was a bit off. I thought the widened gap between Tiger and Vijay might open the door for Adam Scott to sneak into Tier II. That was before it registered in my mind that Adam Scott shot a 74 on Sunday. The end result was that the gap between Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott was widened enough for 14 players (Toms, Harrington, Montgomerie, M. Campbell, Donald, Love, Clarke, Clark, D. Howell, Couples, Bjorn, Daly, Cink, and Leonard) to join Scott and the others already in Tier III. This also enabled Scott Verplank to come into the Tiers at level IV and Paul McGinley and Miguel Jimenez at level V.

With one final glance over the top finishers at the American Express Championship, it seems that only two golfers, David Toms and Colin Montgomerie, earned their movement up the tiers without the aid of Garcia's improvement over Scott. If Garcia continues to improve his putting, who knows what's next.

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