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Friday, March 11, 2011

Now that the Tiger has a thorn in is paw who will step up?

Nothing would please the PGA more than if Tiger were able to get his swagger back because it would mean they could get theirs back as well. It made a great novelty act at first as a steam of different golfers were able hoist a trophy and pick up a check but it didn’t last long and now the advertisers realize exactly how much people turned in to see Tiger win, almost as many that tuned in to see him get beat. But not because they disliked him, but because he was the best and at the top of his game and there are a substantial amount of fans that want to see their favorite knock off the top dawg. Just not when he’s wounded on the side of the road. So with a new World Number One (can you name who it is?) fans would like to see a little bit of a run and perhaps become the next big thing, or thing to knock off the top. So at Doral I’m not buying that Tiger and Phil were pared in the opening round by chance as they need every boost in ratings they can get. This first round of the World Championships at Doral is in the books and there is no sign of ‘the striped one’ on the front page of the leader board but there are 7 players tied at -5 and another 8 at -4. Because of that Tiger’s T32 doesn’t look so much like a mountain and two year s ago it wouldn’t have been but recent history has it shaping up like Everest. So who would we like to see taking the slow walk on Sunday? The defending champ Ernie Els is just 4 back at -3 after finishing at -18 last year, Lefty sits at -2, you kinda’ gotta like Vijay just two back at -5. Oh yea, I guess I buried the lead, Martin Kaymer is the new world’s number one and sits at -5 with six others. Well, someone has to wear the crown and it may be changing heads for quite some time.

View the up to the minute leaderboard at the World Championships here.

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