With his victory at The Barclays this past weekend, Masters Champion, Adam Scott moves into second place in the Official World Golf Rankings(OWGR), as well as second place in FedEx Cup Rankings. Scott won the Barclays on Sunday afternoon at the Liberty National Golf Course to go along with his Masters win at Augusta back in April. Now that the 33 year-old Australian has that second win of the year which includes a major, he is starting to surface in Player of the Year conversations.
It’s kind of funny how things in professional sports change so quickly. After Tiger Woods won his fifth tournament in 2013 at the WGC Bridgestone he was a lock for the Player OF The Year honors. With two victories in WGC events coming at The Cadillac Championship, and The Bridgstone, add The Players which is considered the fifth major of the year and you have a recipe for Player of the Year.
Then Phil Mickelson won the Open Championship to go along with the Phoenix Open, and The Scottish Open and he eased himself into the conversation. Now that Adam Scott picked up a FedEx Playoff event to go along with his Green Jacket and all of a sudden, Tiger is no longer a lock. Now Justin Rose is in some of the conversations.
If you watched the final round of the CN Canadian Open on Sunday, you had to come away with the same thoughts I did. It’s time for Lydia Ko to turn pro. The 16 year-old phenom put on a clinic when she went out and took control of this tournament and became the first amateur to successfully defend a title on the LPGA Tour. Karine Icher has to be happy getting the $300,000 first place check after coming in second.
If we haven’t learned anything else about Tiger Woods through the years, we have seen him play with pain. I remember watching him limp around Torrey Pines in 2008 to snatch a US Open title away from Rocco Mediate. His left knee obviously shot, but he dug deep, and found a way to get the job done.
I was impressed that Tiger was able to finish up at the Barclays with a second place tie that kept him in the number one position, and netted a pretty good check for his pain.
I love stories from the golden age of sports, and in particular from the early days of golf. I decided to include the story of the the Green Jacket given to the first Masters Champion. It’s an interesting story from the archives and tells the story of all the green jackets.
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