It's a tradition in the first two rounds of the PGA Championship to group together the winners of the first three majors of the year. So this year's, ahem, stellar threesome is Zach Johnson (Masters), Angel Cabrera (US Open) and Padraig Harrington (British Open).
After a brief hiatus, the golf Power Rankings return. During their absence, we decided to limit the rankings to PGA Tour players, and SI's statistical guru, David Sabino, worked with me to develop a mathematical formula we could use to determine our top 10. The new rankings incorporate 15 different statistical categories, some weighted to grant them additional influence, so it's more reflective of overall play than simply dollars earned.
AUGUSTA, Ga., April 7 -- The last red number at Augusta National died quickly in the third round of the 2007 Masters. Stuart Appleby performed last rites with a pull-hooked drive into the trees on the 17th hole and six more awful strikes through forest and sand.
AUGUSTA, Ga.(AP) Last year's Ryder Cup rookies were this year's early leaders at the Masters. Zach Johnson and Henrik Stenson were among the few players shooting under par Thursday during a slow start at Augusta.
AUGUSTA, Ga., April 4--As competitors coaxed their tiny caddies/children around the par-3 course on Wednesday at Augusta National Golf Club, anticipation of the far-more serious event, the Masters, grew. The 71st playing of golf's first major will answer a wide variety of questions. But even before Arnold Palmer hits the much anticipated ceremonial first shot, we can safely assume the following:
Augusta, Ga., April 2 -- Remember Olympic runner Michael Johnson's gold cleats in the 1996 Games? They've returned, but this time they're laced onto the reigning 2006 U.S. Open champ, and they include soft spikes.
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It wasn't the outfit. Tiger Woods was wearing a black shirt and hat, with charcoal-gray slacks. It must've been his sinewy arms and buff, V-shaped upper body, and the faster-than-a-speeding-bullet, 341-yard drive he had just launched at the 4th hole of the Gallery at Dove Mountain. Whatever, as Woods strode down the fairway a starstruck fan blurted out, "Wow! He looks like Superman!"
No Tiger, no Phil, too much Michelle. That's the reductionist version of this week's Sony Open, but if you look hard enough there are plenty of good stories at this year's first full-field event. Here are the players I'll be keeping an eye in the shadow of Diamond Head: