Singh continues to be the most consistent member of the Big Four/Five, and last Sunday was its most flamboyant, acing the 17th en route to a 65 and a tie for third in Dallas at the Byron Nelson. He'll now return to his native Fiji for the first time in "six or seven years," he says, to check on a course he's designing there. It's a well-deserved breather.
Evidently, it's not wise to make Annika mad. After having her winning streak snapped the previous week, Sorenstam returned with a vengeance, winning the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship by 10 strokes. That's four wins in five starts this year. The tournament's host, Nancy Lopez, told USA Today that Sorenstam was the "perfect athlete." SI.com's Seth Davis thinks Sorenstam should be our Sportswoman of the Year. Hard to argue with either comment right now.
The Big Easy tied for 10th at the Nelson and will now take a week off before playing the BMW Championship in Europe. Els seems confident that the struggles with his driver are over -- a 64 on Thursday and a 66 on Sunday are pretty good indications. "I'm really where I want to be," he says.
Mickelson had a bogey-free first two days in Dallas, but five bogeys in his first 11 holes on Saturday eliminated him from serious contention. Still, he finished in a tie for 14th. After initially waffling on teeing it up at Colonial, Mickelson will be in the field, hoping to repeat his 2000 win in Fort Worth.
Furyk failed to produce a third consecutive second-place finish, but he did post a top 20 finish in Dallas, thanks to four rounds in the 60s that left him tied for 18th. In 12 rounds since the Masters, nine have been in the 60s. By the way, Furyk will face off against Mike Weir, Retief Goosen and Tim Clark in the Excelon Invitational skins game in June in Avondale, Pa.
Like Furyk, Donald post four rounds in the 60s and finished in a tie for 18th. That sounds decent, until you realize it's the second-worst showing for Donald this season (he missed the cut at the FBR Open). In his eight other starts on Tour in 2005, Donald has finished in the top 20 each time but has yet to post a victory.
In April, Thorpe stood up in front of the congregation at Crossings Community Church in Orlando and promised to donate $250,000 to the church's expansion costs. Since then on the Champions Tour, he finished fifth at the Legends, followed by a win at the FedEx Kinko's (in which he donated his $247,500 in winnings to the church) and another win at the Blue Angels, as he beat Morris Hatalsky in a playoff on Monday. Who says good deeds don't go unrewarded?
Even in defeat, Tiger draws an audience. His unsuccessful bid to make his 143rd consecutive cut drew a huge TV audience in the locker room at the Nelson. "Every guy ... was watching," Jesper Parnevik told reporters. Now, revisionists are claiming Tiger should be credited for just 111 cuts, since he played in 31 no-cut events. Guess those people haven't had anything to do since sticking an asterisk next to Roger Maris' name.
Since withdrawing from the Bay Hill after an opening-round 78, Verplank has revved up his game. He tied for second the next week at the Players Championship and hasn't finished out of the top 20 since, winning $1.138 million in his last five starts. That includes a tie for sixth at the Byron Nelson. But he'll be tested this week at Colonial. In 16 starts, the Texan has never finished better than 12th.
Unless you're a Nationwide Tour fan (who are we kidding, we know you aren't), then you haven't heard of Matteson. But the Georgia resident is eating up the Tour. He leads in money winnings ($228,418) and birdies (120), and in his last six starts, he has five top 10 finishes. That includes a win at Virginia Beach in April and consecutive second-place finishes in the last two weeks.