That Got Away
Big Hit ( 5)
Heritage ( 7)
China ( 15)
That’s what the top spot in the Official
World Golf Ranking has become.
A golf grenade. Nobody wants it when
the pin gets pulled. More and more it’s
the bag the world’s best players don’t
want to be left holding. It’s the fruitcake
in the tin from your great aunt at Christ-
mas. A fly in the ointment of measured
success. A weekly summons to the
media room on Wednesdays.
In recent months, Tiger Woods, Phil
Mickelson, Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer,
Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy – just to
name a very precious few – all have man-
aged to dodge the speeding bullet that
the No. 1 label apparently has become.
Westwood might have thought he
was getting away from it all when he
showed up at a relatively obscure Asian
Tour event in Indonesia last week. Alas,
he beat all comers on his 38th birthday
and later found out Donald had coughed
up the 54-hole lead at Harbour Town in
the States. That meant Westy, a Twitter
darling of the golfing digerati, was back
in the hot seat.
To be fair, it wasn’t for lack of trying
that Donald didn’t wrest the No. 1 spot
away from Kaymer and Westwood. But
he did catch a “fried egg” lie on the third
hole of a playoff with Brandt Snedeker.
Made perfect sense: It was Easter.
Finally, in Asia, Belgium’s long-hitting
Nicolas Colsaerts spread-eagled the Vol-
vo China Open field by four shots. Which
made him the Belgian who didn’t waffle.
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