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The only thing wrong with Lefty 2.0 at Torrey Pines was that he was too excited to play. Not a bad problem to have, which should lead to a good week at Riviera.
Tied for third at Qatar and, minus a missed cut at Abu Dhabi, he has strong showings against elite fields over his last five starts.
Followed his impressive victory at Abu Dhabi with a 32nd-place tie at Qatar, which is why he dropped from second place last week. Still among the world’s best.
If not for two inopportune fliers, the Australian could be a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year. Still, two top-10s aren’t too shabby.
Don’t be fooled, he didn’t spend all his time in a deer stand during the offseason and his third-place finish at Sony is a sign of things to come.
A victory at the SBS and a strong showing at the HSBC Champions still give off heat amidst overall erratic performances the past three months.
The South African is striking the ball well again and is making the game look, well, easy again. He’s finished in the top-20 in five of his past six starts. He currently holds the spot vacated by Tiger Woods, who fell out.
A solid showing (T-14) against a strong field at Qatar gives more meaning to his back-to-back wins against so-so fields in South Africa.
The young Northern Irishman has finished no worse than a tie for fifth-place in his last five starts.
The senior switched to a short putter this season and suddenly his plan to win his first PGA Tour title after his first Champions Tour tilt isn’t outlandish.
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