It's still Tiger and Phil

Bill Dwyre

Los Angeles Times

The best golfer in the world is at home in Florida with ice packs on his bad knee.

Battling for 1-A are Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Steve Stricker.

We eliminate McIlroy because he is just a kid and showed that when he whined after the British Open about not liking to play in bad weather. It's not Donald because he can't hit enough big boomers. We eliminate Westwood because he always seems to eliminate himself. We eliminate Stricker because best players in the world win majors.

That bring us to Mickelson, who showed at the British that he's mature enough to play decently on bumps and mud and in monsoons. It's Tiger and Phil and a lot of guys still trying.

bdwyre@tribune.com

McIlroy comes closest

George Diaz

Orlando Sentinel

Hello, Tiger. Can you please come home?

There isn't a true No. 1 golfer in the world, just a bunch of guys with nice potential. And that's the problem. They play well in spurts, so any pick for No. 1 comes down to an educated guess and a stroke (or two) of luck.

Here's how dominant Tiger Woods was in his prime: He held the No. 1 slot for 623 weeks. Now it's a crapshoot.

Congrats to Darren Clarke for winning the 140th Open Championship over the weekend, but he won't have any staying power at the top.