Thursday, August 12, 2004

Changing of the Guard?

There is a very real possibility that come Monday we could have a new king of the golfing world. The final major of the year, the PGA Championship, got under way this morning. With a strong finish, Ernie Els of South Africa could wrest the top spot away from the formerly dominant Tiger Woods. Fiji's Vijay Singh also has a legitmate chance to own the top spot on Monday morning (explanation of the scenarios).

There was a time when some contemplated whether Tiger's skills would make PGA golf courses obsolete. That time has passed, however. Tiger hasn't been a factor on the final day of a major for quite some time. Meanwhile, Els and Singh and America's darling, Phil Mickelson, have stolen the golf spotling.

At the close of business on Day 1 of the PGA Championship, Darren Clarke had the lead at -7 (complete leaderboard). Els is just one stroke back, in second place. Singh is in third place with a -5. Phil Mickelson is four strokes off the pace in 7th place. And, Tiger ... well, Tiger is tied for 112th at +3.