Mickelson, Garcia, Harrington…Who’s #2?

We all know who the best golfer in the world is, Tiger Woods. Since Tiger is still rehabbing and not winning tournaments with his usual dramatic flair right now, let’s see who the real number two golfer in the world is. The world rankings are, in order; Woods, Garcia, Harrington, Mickelson.

Based on his play last season, Sergio Garcia has climbed to second. This is the highest he has ever been. He has a win this year at the HSBC Champions and has not finished lower then eighth this season. Padraig Harrington has won three of the last six majors. This season he has a fifth and eleventh place finish on the European tour. Phil Mickelson has slipped from world number two to fourth. He did win The Players Championship last year, but his last major was the 2006 Masters. Could that meltdown at the 2006 US Open be haunting Phil? Yes, Phil has great game. Lee Trevino says he has more shots than Tiger and we have seen many unbelievable shots, but I wonder if Phil can get back to his 2005 form.

Forget the official world rankings. Here is the “LINKS LIFE GOLF RANKINGS”

1. Tiger Woods. He’s the best, period.
2. Padraig Harrington. Three of the last six…come on!
3. Sergio Garcia. This is the year he wins a major.
4. Phil Mickelson. Sinking fast…needs to work out problems, fast!
5. Geoff Ogilvy and Vijay Singh…Ogilvy moving up…Vijay injured.
Rising superstars on tour….Anthony Kim and Camilo Villegas.
Rookie on the fast track… Webb Simpson…two top tens already!



  1. I would have to go with Harrington. Phil doesn’t have it, and it took Tiger’s injury for Sergio to break his winning funk. I’ve always hated Vijay, so no way, but Ogilvy is looking good right now. Kim, he’s too young, maybe in a few years.

  2. No surprises in this list so let’s try for a less conventional take on who to watch.
    The Young Gun is Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland ( I think he’s just 20)and turning heads all over the world ( except the US) on that traveling carnival called The European Tour.

    The Real Gun Is Boo Weekly who proablably shoots better with a rifle than he does with an iron- and that’s pretty good.

    The Pretty Young Gun with a Machine Gun Mouth is Hunter Mahan who has skills in every aspect of the game, fire in his belly and deserved confidence after a great Ryder Cup.

    I love the fearlessness AK brings to the game and hope that his new found status as the annointed prince in waiting to Tiger’s throne doesn’t get him off balance.

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