If Anybody Had Asked Me

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If anybody had asked me, Id have told them that:
 
  • Its time we compare apples to apples on this money list thing. That is to say: In 2000 Tiger Woods won approximately 5.6 percent of the available official prize money on the PGA Tour. For Vijay Singh to eclipse that percentage this year, he would have to win approximately $14.5 million. So far in 2004 Singh has won less than $10 million.
     
  • That having been said, Singh has been in the zone a long time. Three straight wins. Five wins in his last six starts. Eight victories this year. Fifteen top 10s in 26 starts in 2004. The fact that he never seems to have a sore back is a tribute to his mechanics.
     
  • The early favorite to win the next scheduled major championship'the 2005 Masters'is Vijay Singh.
     
  • Jim Furyk has dropped out of the top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings. That wont last long.
     
  • If Phil Mickelson hadnt made that putt on the 72nd hole at Augusta in April, the din from his critics would now be deafening.
     
  • Dont be surprised if the career of Lee Westwood winds up being defined by his Ryder Cup heroics the same way Colin Montgomeries is right now.
     
  • The LPGAs Christina Kim is about to become a star. The LPGAs Cristie Kerr is about to become a superstar.
     
  • Skins Game Id like to see: Annika, Vijay, Tiger and Phil. Might not be a whole lot of banter, though.
     
  • Skins Game that would be the most fun to see: Peter Jacobsen, Darren Clarke, John Daly and Victor Schwamkrug, the ultra-long Nationwide player.
     
  • Larry Nelson would be a lot tougher as a U.S. Ryder Cup captain in 2006 than most people might imagine. And, he would be effective.
     
  • Younger players who will one day become Ryder Cup captains: Clarke, Westwood, Sergio Garcia, David Toms, Furyk and Davis Love III.
     
  • Players who will become Ryder Cup captains sooner than that: Paul Azinger and Montgomerie.
     
  • The chatter (in the old days the word was grapevine') is very loud right now. And it says Tiger Woods will be married soon. It says here matrimony will be a good thing for his golf game.
     
  • Five years ago Gary Player stood outside the clubhouse at Augusta National and predicted one day players would be driving the first hole there. We all thought he was crazy. The day somebody DOES drive the first hole there will be the last year before the Lords of the Masters mandate some kind of restrictions on the golf ball. It will be like trying to stuff the genie back into the bottle.
     
  • The United States should not be favored to capture another Presidents or Ryder Cup until it wins one of them.
     
  • Player of the Year in all of golf: Annika or Vijay?
     
  • The best two consecutive holes of golf played by a professional this year (second best is not even close) were the ones turned in by Karen Stupples on the first two holes of the final round of the Womens British. Stupples opened with an eagle and followed with a double eagle. She was five-under on her round standing on the third tee.
     
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