NEWS OR NOT?
Their names appeared in the headlines recently, but were the stories written about the golfers listed below worthy of our attention?
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New World Order
It would be almost impossible for anyone to unseat Tiger Woods as No. 1 in the world before the Masters. As long as Woods sits out, he loses about .25 of a point a week, while a win in an event with a quality field boosts his chasers by about one point. With a victory, Steve Stricker or Phil Mickelson could be No. 1 by the U.S. Open, and almost anyone currently in the top 10 could catch Tiger by then with multiple wins. As the chart shows, Stricker could catch Woods by the British Open simply by maintaining his current points level.
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RANKING POINTS START OF 2010
RANKING POINTS AFTER PHOENIX
PROJECTED POINTS AT MASTERS
PROJECTED POINTS AT U.S. OPEN