Tuesday February 27th, 2007

1. Byron Nelson. Eleven in a row will live forever, even if Lord Byron couldn't.

2. Young studs. Huge off the tee, great putting strokes, unflappable demeanors ... hmmm, you think there's a flowery course in Georgia that suits Henrik Stenson and Geoff Ogilvy?

3. Fred Funk. Sure it was versus the B-team, but for a 50-year-old with a balky back to win any PGA Tour event -- as Funk did at the inaugural Mayakoba Classic in Mexico -- is still impressive. Just ask Mark O'Meara how hard it is to play good golf at 50.

4. Stacey P. The gritty Ms. Prammanasudh conquered the elements and a decent leaderboard to prevail at the Fields Open in Hawaii, her second career victory. Forget pick-a-pro, I want her in Scrabble!

5. Bobby Wadkins. Lanny's little brother continued to emerge as a top senior, winning his fourth Champions event with a stirring back nine charge at the ACE Classic. Lanny was always the best Wadkins, but now that he's been freed from the broadcast booth he's got some catching up to do.

1. American golf. After the big three at the top of the World Rankings, it's pretty slim pickings, which was obvious at the Match Play. And the less said about the big three the better.

2. Would-be South African superstars. Ernie Els and Retief Goosen continued their PGA Tour malaise with quick exits at the Match Play. Is it time to declare Trevor Immelman his country's top player?

3. Rick Smith. Phil Mickelson created a stir at the Match Play by asking Butch Harmon to take a look at his swing. Both Mickelson and Smith, his longtime swing guru, insist there is no friction in their relationship, but you can bet they'll have a little more to talk about this week during their joint family ski trip to Aspen.

4. The LPGA's pace of play. New rules were put in place at the Fields Open to get the women to dawdle less, but the guidelines were promptly abandoned due to foul weather. Naturally, rounds took almost six hours. At that pace they're gonna have to cut the greens again after nine holes.

5. Tiger Woods. Any week in which he doesn't win is a bad week, at least by his (and ours) ridiculous standards.

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