Vijay jumps to No. 1

Tuesday March 22nd, 2005
Golf Power Rankings
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A poor putt at the Honda Classic and a 7-iron into the water at Bay Hill cost Vijay a chance at two consecutive wins. Yeah, you may take the half-empty approach and say he's coming up small when it counts (our stance last week). But after another near-win, Vijay has us changing our tune. Singh's back on his game and peaking at the right time.
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Mickelson sat out last week but returns for The Players Championship. Despite his third-place finish last year, Sawgrass hasn't always been kind to him. He's never won in 11 starts, has just two top-10 finishes and has missed the cut four times. A win would be nice for Phil, but he'll likely be satisfied with a solid showing two weeks away from his Masters defense.
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For the first time in 22 Tour events, Tiger failed to break 70 in at least one of his four rounds. He spent four frustrating days at Bay Hill, a course he normally owns, and consequently lost his No. 1 world ranking to Vijay again. "It's one of those weeks that happens," Woods said. "I hit the ball well in spurts. I just didn't hit it consistently."
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Not that he needed any reminder, but Ernie found out the Tour competition is a little tougher than the Euro variety. Having won two straight overseas, Els finished tied for 23rd at Bay Hill (same position as Tiger). A second-round 77 (thanks to a three-putt on the par-5 12th) put Ernie out of contention, but he did produce a decent weekend (69-70).
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First, the bad news: Two tee shots hit out-of-bounds during an opening-round 78 that left him thinking about withdrawing. Then the good news: Three solid rounds after that (67-68-70) that left him feeling good upon leaving Bay Hill. He even found a positive about his terrible start. "I knew I could play better than that," Goosen said. "So I had to come and try to prove myself a little bit."
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Annika Sorenstam
Four wins in her last four starts has Annika thinking one thing this week going into the LPGA's first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship: Grand Slam. "I think it's possible to win all four majors in one year," she said. "It's never been done, but I set myself high targets. I've had a great start to the season and this is certainly a great build-up for a major."
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Toms took the week off after recording top-10 finishes in each of his last four starts (including his Match Play win). If he winds up in the top 10 after this weekend, it might be a miracle. In 12 starts at Sawgrass, he's made the cut just four times, never finishing better than a tie for 12th.
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Harrington also took the week off after winning the Honda Classic. Unlike Toms, Padraig loves the TPC's stadium course at Sawgrass. He's finished second there the last two years, including a 66 in his last competitive round there in the final round of the 2004 Players Championship.
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He has yet to reach the winner's circle this year, but he's been in contention quite a bit: Four top-10 finishes, including two runner-up spots. Ogilvie credits his ability to avoid the really horrible numbers. "When I hit a poor shot, it's not killing me," he said. "I'm not making a double-bogey. I'm making a bogey or I'm saving a par."
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Outside of a third-round 80 at the Honda Classic and a first-round 76 at Bay Hill, Campbell has been among the hottest golfers you haven't heard about, with three top-10 finishes in his last four starts. Had he shot 70 instead of the aforementioned 80, he would have finished in a tie for 5th at the Honda.
Dropped out: Hale Irwin, Adam Scott
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