In order, Stuart Appleby, Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods, Justin Leonard and Phil Mickelson. Gee whiz, thats strong! And Ernie Els has been within a whisker of winning not once but twice thus far. So check out the World Golf Rankings. Three of the top four players have a victory already.
Im as big a fan of the PGA Tour as youll find, but given the way the season started, Im ready for the Masters. No more tournaments necessary.
Im a bit sorry to say that because I absolutely love the Players Championship. But unless you can guarantee me another Sunday 64 by the likes of a champion like Davis Love III, Ill gladly sacrifice, pass, and start thinking azaleas and dogwoods pronto.
OK, we all know that wont happen. So lets be realists about things and given that the schedule gives us another month and a half of tournaments before Phil Mickelson begins Round 1 of his title defense, here are some things that could give us a few other good stories leading up to the drive to Magnolia Lane:
By the way, as it currently stands 96 players have qualified for the Masters in April. Id like to see a few more names added to that list. Go ahead, find me some who arent already qualified ' Ill listen. Tell me what the best story might be heading into Mondays practice round on April 4th ' Im all ears.
And FYI the gates open at 8 A.M.
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