Phil Tiger worlds apart


AKRON, Ohio – Despite Tiger Woods’ poor play, his third-round 75 left him 78th among a field of 80 players, the scenario for Phil Mickelson to overtake him as the top-ranked player in the world remains the same.

Mickelson, who slipped into a tie for 10th after a Saturday 71, must finish inside the top 4 on Sunday and Woods must be outside the top 40 for Lefty to ascend to the top spot for the first time in his career.

On Saturday after his round Woods had an interesting take on the possibility of being bumped from the top spot, “If Phil plays the way he’s supposed to this weekend, then he’ll be No. 1.”

We will leave the translation of Woods’ comments to others, but it wasn’t exactly a ringing endorsement.