World Number One Update

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It’s not exactly a Major, but the Australian Masters is interesting this year for what it tells us about the state of Tiger’s game. He won the event last year, but after three rounds in 2010, he’s ten strokes behind. Ahead of him are some fine players, such as Geoff Ogilvy, Camilo Villegas and Stuart Appleby, so its not likely he’s going to stage a Sunday Charge.

Meanwhile, at the Barclays Singapore Open, Phil Mickelson is in 46th place, 12 strokes behind the leader Adam Scott.

There’s not going to be any movement at the top of the World Golf Rankings this weekend.

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As it turns out, Tiger had a fine fourth round, shooting a six under 65. He finished fourth, three behind the winner, Stuart Appleby. As has happened all year, signs of the old Tiger flashed briefly before our eyes. In his last four holes, he had an eagle two at the par-four 15th, a birdie on the par-five 17th and an eagle three on the par-five 18th.

Phil, in the meantime, was docked two strokes for failing to return to the course ontime following a weather delay. He finished in a T31, -4 overall and 14 behind winner Adam Scott.

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