Yeah, we know what you're thinking: What's she doing here at No. 1? Well, our question to you: Does any other golfer on the planet really deserve it this week? The big names certainly didn't impress at Sawgrass. Annika, with her five-tourney win streak, is so far above the rest of her competition that it seems silly not to think she'll wind up with the LPGA Grand Slam this year.
A 67 in Round 1 was a nice start to the Players Championship. But Vijay's wheels fell off on his 36th hole at Sawgrass when he took a quadruple bogey that left him with a second-round 74. He was solid the last two rounds and that left him in a tie for 12th. Vijay wasn't a factor, but he was more consistent than the other members of the Big Five.
Monday was a bad day to be Phil Mickelson. After two rounds at Sawgrass, he was just four shots off the pace and in good striking distance. But Lefty couldn't handle 17 and 18 on Monday, playing each hole twice and combining for 8-over. Was he bummed out? "Not overly," he said. "I played pretty decent, I thought, with the exception of 17." By playing BellSouth this week, Mickelson should work off more of the rust.
The Big Easy found Sawgrass' island-green 17 to actually be fairly easy this week. He played the hole at 1-under for his four rounds, even producing a birdie on the gusty final round when all others logged more water time than Michael Phelps in Athens. But Els never really cranked it up, finishing tied for 17th.
The Goose was in striking distance through three rounds, finding himself just four shots out. But he skied to a 76 when he bogeyed four holes in a 10-hole stretch and eventually double-bogeyed the 17th. Even so, in his last four starts, he's produced a third, a tie for 8th, a fourth, and a tie for 12th.
For the second straight week, Tiger failed to get into the 60s, and his tie for 53rd at Sawgrass was his worst finish at a Tour event in six years. It was not a memorable week, which is why Woods will take a break "to shut it down for a couple days to regroup and get ready for Augusta."
The young Englishman held the third-round lead but stumbled on the front nine of his final round and could never make up enough ground. Even though he's yet to win a tournament this year, he's quietly put together a consistent season, finishing in the top 15 six times, including two ties for second.
Toms admitted to having some mental lapses at Sawgrass, and his final-round 82 leaves him with a bad taste. Perhaps the former LSU Tiger was upset that the rain played havoc with his ability to watch the NCAA Tournament last weekend. "We can't stay up late enough to watch them," Toms said. "We're up so early."
Early in round 3, Ogilvie was sitting at 8-under and enjoying a fantastic start in which he birdied three of the first six holes. Then it just fell apart, and he played the rest of the tournament at 9-over, including a triple-bogey and double-bogey down the stretch.
The defending champ gave himself a chance to repeat. He went into the final two holes thinking that two birdies might win, but a double-bogey on 17 finished him. Ultimately, he pinned the blame on his putter. "I played pretty well," he said. "I didn't make any putts (Monday), and that was the difference between me winning and not winning."