Five good years


It happened quietly this morning, as nondescript as an e-payment and as uneventful as a Monday commute. Tiger Woods 281-week reign atop the World Golf Ranking ended today as Lee Westwood played through by a fraction of a point (8.29 to Woods’ 8.13, for those keeping track).

To put Woods’ reign in context “Shag Bag” looks at what has transpired over the last five years since he assumed the top spot on June 12, 2005, the week before the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

- Woods has won 29 Tour events. Westwood has won once on Tour and four times on the European Tour.

- John Daly has missed 39 Tour cuts.

- Martin Kaymer, the would-be No. 1 had he finished in the top two last week at the Andalucia Masters, was a 20-year-old some six months shy of his debut as a professional.

- Michael Campbell, who edged Woods that week at Pinehurst, has dropped from 23rd in the ranking to 949th (as of Aug. 1).

- Lorena Ochoa takes over the top spot in the Women’s Ranking, retires and begins possible comeback with last week’s victory at the Mission Hills Star Trophy.

- The San Francisco Giants, one game away from a World Series pennant, have a 497-474 record.

- Brett Favre was wearing No. 4 . . . at Lambeau Field and two years away from “retirement.”

- Boise State is undefeated on the blue turf at home and on the BCS title bubble.