My grades for the top golfers in the world rankings
Posted: Thursday November 9, 2006 1:03PM; Updated: Friday November 10, 2006 7:21PM
A Masters win gives Lefty a passing grade, but he certainly isn't at the head of the class.
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With the PGA Tour season finally in the books, it's time to begin passing judgment. Here are my letter grades for the top 10 players in the World Rankings.
1. Tiger Woods Eight wins, two majors, and $10 million in earnings adds up to the second-best season in a legendary career. That he did it all in just 15 starts while coping with the death of his father is even more remarkable. GRADE: A-plus
2. Jim Furyk He took his numbing consistency to new heights, winning the Vardon trophy and more than $7 million. But with 13 top-10s, including four 2nds and three 3rds, you'd like to see more than two victories. And the short par putt he missed on the 72nd hole of the U.S. Open will haunt him for the rest of his career. GRADE: A-minus
3. Phil Mickelson Any time you win the Masters, it's a good year, and his 13-stroke blowout at the BellSouth was one of the year's dominant performance, but he was a non-factor after April, save the epic meltdown at the Open. GRADE: B
4. Adam Scott Beating 26 other guys at the Tour Championship was a nice way to end the year, but that was his only win in a year of near-misses. The most encouraging sign is that he sorta contended at the British Open and PGA; amazingly, that's only his second and third career top-10s in the majors. GRADE: B-minus
5. Vijay Singh In 27 starts, he finished better than 5th just four times, with a lone victory at Westchester. Now 43, this golfing machine's swing is showing all the wear and tear, as he finished a shocking 65th in driving distance and 31st in Guns 'N Roses. GRADE: C
6. Retief Goosen Winless in the U.S. and Europe, the only thing Goose has to show for the year is a runner-up at the Players Championship and T-3 at the Masters. At least he's realized there's a problem and has finally hired a swing instructor. GRADE: D
7. Luke Donald The young Englishman got a much-needed win at Honda and valuable schooling by Tiger in the final group on Sunday at the PGA. To be considered an elite players he needs to cash in more of these top-10s for victories. GRADE: B-plus