|A golfer plays Disney's Magnolia course in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., site of the tour's season finale. (Getty Images)|
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Outside of match play, golf is rarely viewed as a mano-a-mano enterprise.
Nobody gets jabbed, head-butted or bitten in the ear by a deranged man with facial tattoos and a slight lisp.
The ropes are made of nylon, not wrapped in leather. The field of play is mostly rectangular, not square. It's about scores posted in red and black, not injuries sustained in black and blue.
Normally, a boxing metaphor would not remotely apply, but with the variety of postseason honors and trophies on the PGA Tour table, it's got to be the best way to go this week at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.
Especially with the marquee pairing of world No. 1 Luke Donald and money-list leader Webb Simpson, who will shoot it out this week with a variety of hardware up for grabs in the tour's official season finale.
Paired together for the first two rounds, the duo would never be tossed into an actual ring together -- they'd be in different weight classes. But with the tour's top-player and money titles still to be decided, and the event at Disney World representing the final go-around, the pairing has become the tournament's biggest focal point since former No. 1 Tiger Woods stopped competing here six years ago.
There are so many parallel plotlines with the pairing, not to mention an overlap in their particular skills in certain areas, that it feels like a championship belt should be on offer, too.
So as this week's New World Order list, here is a tale of the tape for two players who will be center stage as the distribution of the PGA Tour's cash and chrome are finally settled in the Duel at Disney.
As you can see by the numbers, this is a tough tilt to handicap. In fact, these guys have been ridiculously good in so many comparable areas, it's no surprise it's all come down to the last rodeo. It's a lot to digest, but it's pretty easy to see why the line of separation is so minimal and the opinions on which has had the superior season are so mixed, huh?
Beyond the numbers are a couple of other nuances that could come into play this week as the tour membership looks at the pairing and tries to decide which one should be voted the Player of the Year.
World ranking: 1
College: Northwestern (small, private)
Las Vegas odds of winning: 8/1
Money-list position: $5,837,214 (second)
Victories in 2011: 1 on PGA Tour, 2 on European Tour
Top 10 finishes: 13 in 18 PGA Tour starts
Scoring average: 68.86 (first)
Putting average: 1.70 (first)
Birdie average: 4.13 (fourth)
Bogey average per round: 2.06 (first)
Approach shots from 50-125 yards: 15 feet, 2 inches (second)
Resides: Has houses in Chicago and South Florida, so he is certainly well-versed in the Florida golfing vernacular and its different demands.
Sideman: Gareth Lord, a European Tour veteran who has caddied for Robert Karlsson and Thomas Bjorn. Limited regular PGA Tour experience.
Potentially telling stats: In three Florida starts this year, has not finished outside top 10. Hasn't entered Disney since 2002 and hasn't played redesign.
Born: North Carolina
World ranking: 12
College: Wake Forest (small, private)
Las Vegas odds of winning: 10/2
Money-list position: $6,200,243 (first)
Victories in 2011: 2 on PGA Tour
Top 10 finishes: 11 in 25 PGA Tour starts
Scoring average: 69.23 (second)
Putting average: 1.73 (seventh)
Birdie average: 4.21 (second)
Bogey average per round: 2.11 (second)
Approach shots from 50-125 yards: 15 feet, 10 inches (fourth)
Sideman: Paul Tesori, a former PGA Tour player who caddied for Vijay Singh, a past Disney champion.
Potentially telling stats: In 13 career starts in Florida, has missed six cuts and withdrawn once. Finished T40 at Disney last year and withdrew in '09.