Phils 2004 totals:
Nine events, two wins, $3.5 million (first on money list), eight top 10s, first in scoring.
Tigers 2004 totals:
Seven events, one win, $1.9 million (sixth on money list), four top 10s, 14th in Scoring.
So, many of you seem to think that the media has gone overboard on Tiger Woods. Heres what I believe. Woods is the PGA Tours best player. Woods is the worlds best player. The World Golf Rankings say Tiger is the top player. BUT, if the ranking is decided only by current status, form, etc., then Woods is hardly the best player right now.
When guys like me are on the air and say, Well be back with more on the Worlds No. 1, this is simply going by the World Golf Rankings and not said with any bias. Period. Dont think any different.
That said, here is my Top 10 based solely on personal opinion as it stands TODAY, given the years events:
1. Phil Mickelson
2. Vijay Singh
3. Ernie Els
4. Davis Love III
5. Padraig Harrington
6. Tiger Woods
7. Stuart Appleby
8. Mike Weir
9. K.J. Choi
10. Chad Campbell
Mickelson is the top money man, hes the most consistent this year and hes won the years first major. To tell you the truth, Id have given Mickelson strong consideration for the top spot even if Els had won.
Hilton Head is upon us which is the 16th event of 48 this season. So lets take it a step further and give out some early season awards:
Player of the Year: Mickelson ' should be the U.S. Open favorite (T4 95)
Rookie of the Year: Zach Johnson ' should reach Tour Championship
Surprise of the Year: John Daly ' I never expected it and hes probably just starting.
Disappointment of Year: Tiger ' this will turn around, but when? This year?
Impact Player of Year: Adam Scott ' a close choice over Z. Johnson
Storyline of Year: Just how close is Woods? Is Phil just warming up?
Next to Break Through: Jerry Kelly ' better than most, easily tougher than most
Feel Good Story of Year: Jay Haas ' 50-something, nothing to it! Just win one!
How about some random thoughts with the first major of the season behind us:
And two final thoughts to leave you with:
Pretty great year already, huh?!
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