Golf News Roundup: Tiger’s Back; Malaria; Tour Weather; Standings; Tavistock Meh

Tiger’s back to world number one, and barring health issues, looks likely to stay there for the foreseeable future. The story at Bay Hill was the story of his career. Tiger gets into a lead, and then the players challenging him collapse. Rickie Fowler is just the latest in a long line of the victim of the jinx.

It’s also a typical Tiger victory in that it comes on one of his favored courses. Fifty percent of his wins have come on just six courses: Torrey Pines (8 wins), Bay Hill (8), Doral (7), Firestone (7), Muirfield Village (5) and Augusta National (4). In contrast, Jack’s winning number on his top six was 26%. Those are interesting numbers to me, but I’m not sure what to make of them.

Given the trend, I think you have to slot Tiger in for a Masters’ win.

Off the wall thought: I wonder if getting Rory to switch clubs wasn’t some sort of mad-genius plot by Tiger.

Speaking of Rory: The former number one will spend the week before the Masters on a humanitarian mission to Haiti. To avoid an LPGA-like outbreak, he should get some anti-malarial drugs and be sure not to eat or drink anything that doesn’t come from a can. I suggest freeze dried food, bottled water and a few gin-and-tonics.

If there’s a theme to the Tour season thus far, it’s the weather. Wind delays at Kapalua. Wind (and rain) at Bay Hill. Fog at Torrey Pines. Snow at the WGC-Match Play. There also have been storm delays on the European Tour. There’s no doubt that the golf channel’s highlight reels will have a lot of fun with this, but they’re going to need a theme song for background. A few suggestions:

Blowin’ in the Wind
The Wind Cries Mary
Dust In The Wind
Summer Wind
After the Storm
Against The Wind
Fire and Rain
Raindrops keep Falling On My Head
Mandolin Rain

The weather here at GolfBlogger World Headquarters in Michigan remains colder and more snowy than usual. I keep thinking about heading south for Easter break, but that’ll be contingent upon finishing my taxes—a task that has been delayed for a number of reasons.

It had better warm up soon. My golf league begins April 12, and I need to get in some practice. I want to avoid frostbite at all costs, though. One case of golf course frostbite is enough.

After this past weekend, here are the top three in the FedEx Cup standings:

1. Tiger Woods; 1,605 points
2. Brand Snedeker; 1,282 points
3. Matt Kuchar; 902 points

And the European Tour Race To Dubai standings
1. Richard Sterne (South Africa) 607,803 euros
2. Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 593,016
3. Sergio Garcia (Spain) 572,345

The Tavistock Cup will be played today (tuesday). Meh. Who cares?

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