The Masters champ is in the midst of a three-week break following his win at Augusta. He's expected to return to the Tour for the Wachovia Championship in Charlotte, N.C., on May 5-8. Coincidentally, that's also the same week golf fans will dust off the remote and turn on their TV again.
With his playoff victory over John Daly at the Shell Houston Open, Singh now has 14 wins on Tour since turning 40. That's the second-highest total in Tour history, behind only Sam Snead's 17 after-40 victories. We'll go out on a limb here and say that Vijay will eventually pass Slammin' Sammy in the next year or two.
The good news: Goosen played well at the Johnnie Walker Classic in Beijing, taking second to Adam Scott. The bad news: Goosen became the latest male golfer to be critical of efforts to invite female golfers to play in PGA Tour events. And you thought the South African was bland!
Like Tiger, Mickelson won't return until the Wachovia Championship. Maybe Phil can go on another publicity tour for his book, One Magical Sunday, which has fallen out of the top 1,000 books sold on Amazon.com (it's 1,206 the last time we checked). Time to start signing more books, Phil!
The Big Easy tied for sixth at the Johnnie Walker and will remain in China this week to tee it up at the BMW Asian Open in Shanghai. He admits that when he was sick right before Augusta, he slipped into some bad swing habits. "My ball position was a bit out of whack and my posture wasn't as good as it could have been," he stated on his Web site. He thinks the problems have been corrected.
Clarke has enjoyed a nice run the past two weeks, finished tied for fourth in Houston after a tie for second at the MCI Heritage. But he's probably still feeling a little bruised after his collapse down the stretch cost him the win at Harbour Town.
The winds kicked up in Savannah, Ga., last Sunday and that was perfect for the Irishman, who won his second Champions Tour event in his last three starts. His 1-under 71 was the only sub-par round of the day. "I wouldn't play in this wind by choice but I suppose I had some advantage," Smyth said after his round.
Scott's victory at the Johnnie Walker Classic was perhaps more impressive than Singh's win in Houston, given that most of the top players in action last week were in China. After his win, Scott was asked about comparisons to fellow Aussie Greg Norman. "Can I be Greg Norman? I honestly feel I can follow Greg's footsteps as far as his achievements," Scott said.
The biggest drama on the LPGA Tour is whether Annika can continue her consecutive win streak (now at five). But since she won't be back until next week's Michelob Ultra Open, we'll have to be content with the next best drama -- the season finale of Big Break III. It's Danielle vs. Pam for a chance to join the LPGA.
Donald finished ninth at the Johnnie Walker and will play the Asian Open this week. As for his PGA Tour exploits, just three other players have more top-3 finishes than Donald's three this season -- Singh (5), Mickelson (4) and Tiger (4). Donald has two seconds (Buick, Players) and a third (Masters).
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