Monday, January 30, 2006

If Only It Were Easier Being Green...

Well, with Mr. Woods winning again, I have no choice but to reinvoke the Tiger Rule and pare down my Tiers list to the top 16 players. Let's pull out our speculum to take a closer look at the arrangement of the players near the top of the Official World Golf Rankings:
  • Even if Vijay were playing up to par and had won the Qatar Masters, Tiger's win would still have forced invocation of the Tiger Rule.
  • I know there's not really anything separating Vijay's game from the golfers listed in Tier III (Retief, Phil, Ernie, Sergio), but he's still a point and a half up on Retief in the OWGR and I need a starting gap somewhere so that's why he's in Tier II alone.
  • Rabbit trail: What's up with using par as a measurement and saying performing above par is good? It sure leaves potential for confusing golf commentary.
  • I'm not 100% sure of this, but if I'm reading the OWGR charts right, had Sergio Garcia not 3-putted 18 yesterday, he would be number 5 in the world right now.
  • There aren't any real highlights in Tier IV (Furyk, DiMarco, Toms) or Tier V (Scott, Montgomerie, Perry, M. Campbell, Cabrera, Howell, Donald), so I'll skip right down to:
  • Missed the cut: Henrik Stenson did win this week, but with Tiger's dominance, Henrik started far enough behind that he's once again out of the top tiers even though he's now inside the top 20 in the world.

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