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Woods grip on No. 1 holds tight

Posted on: September 6, 2010 4:31 pm

NORTON, Mass. -- For Strick and Mick, the outcome on Monday was the same.

The same could also be said for Tiger Woods.

Thanks to the final-round sputtering of Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker at TPC Boston, not to mention more improved play from Woods himself, the man sitting at world No. 1 will again remain unchanged.

Both No. 2 Mickelson and No. 4 Stricker could have overtaken Woods in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, but Woods' current reign will extend to its 274th straight week heading later this week into Chicago.

Woods finished with a 68 to post three straight rounds in the 60s for the first time all year and was T13 as the leaders were finishing Monday afternoon. Because Woods finished inside the top 24, it meant that Mickelson and Stricker had to win to unseat him from his perch.

Neither came remotely close.

As Mickelson played the par-5 seventh, he was 50 feet short of the flag in two, pitched to 6 feet and missed a putt that would have moved him within three shots of the leaders and into a tie for fifth. From then on, he went straight backward, making a double bogey on the 10th and three-jacking for bogey from seven feet on the 11th. 

Just like that, he fell nine shots off the lead with a half-dozen holes left in his final round. This marked the 11th straight start in which Mickelson, who has never been ranked first, had a chance to unseat Woods and didn't deliver.  

Stricker, who started the day T4, bogeyed two of his first three holes to fall seven off the early pace.

Woods, who continued his gradual improvement of the past few weeks, is the defending champion at the BMW Championship, which begins Thursday. He won by eight shots at Cog Hill last year and lives to play another week at the top dog in the game

“Well, I've just got to keep playing well,” he said. “Winning takes care of everything -- the world rankings, player of the year awards, all the trophies and things that come with it. That only happens when you win.  Most of my career I've been able to do that, and I just haven't done it this year.”

As it relates to the ability of others to catch him in the rankings while at his career nadir, that hasn’t mattered.

Category: Golf

Since: Apr 11, 2009
Posted on: September 12, 2010 1:29 am

Woods grip on No. 1 holds tight

What an insightful thought...Very nice...

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2010 2:45 pm

Woods grip on No. 1 holds tight

Not only has Tiger had a "bad" year...still lots of golfers would like to have his "bad" years...but the guy took time off for knee surgery, his world imploded with the junk he was involved with and takers for #1. 

Yes, he had a big lead over #2, 2 years ago but it just goes to show his overall consistency may be "inconsistent" at times but, like right now, he finds a way to come back.  He remains steady.  Whatever number he needs this week to play in the top 30 for next week, he'll find a way.  I think he sits at #54 in the overall FedEx standings.

Overall, with his bad years and all, Tiger has been dominating golf for 12 years. 

Tiger's golf game began its dominance in the generation of Couples, Love, Monty, Calch, Lehman, to name a few.  He's lasted through the current generation of Mickleson, Garcia, Goosen, Els, Singh.  He's lasted through Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Tim Clark, you know, the up and comers from around '02-'03?  His dominance has wanned quite a bit in this generation of Day, Fowler and Kuchar.  It wouldn't surprise me, though, if Tiger has one more run of dominance in him that will span the next 3-3 1/2 years.  After that, he'll return back to where he is today.  By then, Mickleson, Vijay, Garcia, Els and Goosen will be waiting for their opportunity to break into the Champions Tour (so what if they have to wait 10+ years because in 3 or 4 years, they'll be all but done). 

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 10:26 am

Woods grip on No. 1 holds tight

The world ranking is a 2 year floating scale and does put more weight on the current years results. Can't blame the rankings for the fact that Tiger had such a big lead over #2 prior to this year. Because of Tigers bad year is why the rankings are so close now.

Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2010 9:52 am

Should be a better way

To still have Tiger Woods ranked as the world's number 1 golfer at this point in the year is ridiculous!  Nothing against TW but he hasn't won a tournament all year, and hasn't really been in contention with the exception of perhaps the Masters.  The formula that is used to determine the rankings needs to be changed as it places way too much emphasis on past results and not enough on current results.  Tennis is the same way.  The PGA should make modifications, and strive for a better balance.

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2010 8:58 pm

Woods grip on No. 1 holds tight

Are you kidding me about Phil being the all around great guy?  Seriously?  Phil is incredibly selfish and not very popular among tour players.  I personally know 3 guys in top 100 rankings who all completely agree that Phil acts like a prima donna and self centered brat.  He is all around alright. He is an all around gambler, egomaniac, and jerk.  For example, after missing the cut at Colonial Phil
's courtesy car was the only one unaccounted for.  Where was it? Thats right, he left it at private airport without reporting it and left it a mess.  Yea, Phil signs a bunch of autographs and is very talented, but all around good guy he is not.

Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2010 8:27 pm

Woods grip on No. 1 holds tight

Phil will NEVER be number 1 golfer in ever! He is good for nothing kind of a golfer. How many times has he had the chance to surpass Tiger? So stop dreaming, Tiger is the greatest golfer and Phil is the greatest choke up artist ever! He always find a way to screw himself up, like yesterday at hole #10. Go Tiger!

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2010 4:12 pm

Woods grip on No. 1 holds tight

Look at the complete package, it is not all about what happens inside the ropes. Phil represents his family and business associates with pride and respect. He has his priorities in the correct alignment. When his family needed him home, he was there. He meets his committments with the utmost dignity. It is true that Phil's record isn't that of Tiger's and it is true that Phil has never been #1 but he represents the world of golf without negativity. 

If Phil ends his career after this year, he will still be heralded as one of the top all time it top 5, top 10 or top 100. Millions have played the game but few at his level.

Go Phil...represent!

Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2010 3:23 pm

Woods grip on No. 1 holds tight

Phil is a complete phony.  He says and does what he is supposed to.  At least Tiger is authentic.  He is on the course to work.  Not "work" the crowd...

Since: Feb 7, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2010 1:47 pm

Woods grip on No. 1 holds tight

If an athlete's attitude or character were major factors in deciding rankings or Hall of Fame eligibility, then half of the MLB, NFL, and NBA inductees would be ineligible going back for decades, including people like Ty Cobb and Mickey Mantle. As Charles Barkley has stated many times, athletes are not "role models."

I understand that you don't like Tiger, but there are an equal number of people who don't like the attitude or character of athletes who you may admire. It all becomes a "personal" choice. With modern technology, if you don't like someone, then just use your remote. It is as easy as that.

We don't vote for inductees into the Golf Hall of Fame, but if you want your answer about Tiger, just ask any of the all time great players what they think and you'll get your answer.  

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2010 1:07 pm

Woods grip on No. 1 holds tight

Unlike Pete Rose, who bet on baseball games he was involved in and had direct control over the outcome. Tiger never bet on a PGA event he was involved in or has been proven to have broken any PGA rules. #1 ranking is based on stats only and not on what anyone thinks or believes. There is no voting involved.

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