Golf rankings, capsules - Part 2
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T20. Tiger Woods, United States -- Even though he will not play again until at least December, Woods remains one of the most compelling figures in sports, and anything he does makes news. Last week, he made headlines by announcing that he parted ways with swing coach Sean Foley after four years. Tiger won eight times on the PGA Tour while they were together, including five tournaments in 2013, but no majors, and there was talk from the beginning that although Foley is well-respected, it was not a good fit. Woods, who cannot hit balls for at least a few more weeks because of a back injury, said he has no timetable for finding a new instructor. ... Butch Harmon and Hank Haney, who coached Woods earlier in his career when he claimed 14 majors and dominated the No. 1 spot in the World Golf Rankings for more than a decade, both had a similar take on the situation. Harmon and Haney said that Woods could go it alone, simply get on the practice range and hit shots rather than have any swing thoughts, and take the same attitude out to the course. Paul Azinger, who won the 1993 PGA Championship and is a TV golf commentator, said he thinks he could get Woods straightened out in a 10-minute conversation. ... Foley began working with Tiger in 2010 after the well-publicized tabloid scandal, and Woods struggled the next few years before seemingly turning things around last year, even though he did not win a major. This season was virtually a total loss because of back injuries, but Woods continues to say that he is not washed up as he approaches his 39th birthday in December.
Dustin Johnson, United States -- DJ played well enough during the 2013-14 season, with seven top-10 finishes, including a victory in the WGC-HSBC Champions, that he could end his leave of absence and still have a chance to win the FedEx Cup. He is absent while taking care of personal issues. After missing the first two events of the playoffs, he slipped from sixth to 22nd in the standings, and he could have started in even better shape because his apparently self-imposed exile began when he skipped the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship. ... This week, Johnson is missing the BMW Championship, which he won in 2010 on the Dubsdread Course at Cog Hill by one stroke over Paul Casey with a birdie on the 17th hole after hitting his approach to within 2 feet. He also had a chance to win the BMW two years ago at Crooked Stick, opening with scores of 68-67-67 to start the final round tied for second, but he closed with a 70 and wound up in a tie for sixth, four shots behind champion Rory McIlroy. ... Johnson's victory at Cog Hill four years ago ended a summer of frustration. DJ shot 82 in the final round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach after taking a three-stroke lead into Sunday, and he missed out on a playoff in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits after taking a two-stroke penalty for grounding his club in a sandy area that was deemed a bunker. Johnson always was considered one of the most talented players in the game, but according to others, he was plagued by immaturity and other issues since his college days at Coastal Carolina. Hopefully, he can get straightened out during his hiatus and finally live up to his vast potential.
Others receiving consideration: Jason Dufner, United States; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland; Bill Haas, United States; Ryan Moore, United States; Harris English, United States; Graham DeLaet, Canada; Kevin Stadler, United States; Russell Henley, United States; Matt Every, United States; John Senden, Australia; Seung-Yul Noh, South Korea; Brandt Snedeker, United States; Keegan Bradley, United States; Brendon Todd, United States; Hideki Matsuyama, Japan; Kevin Streelman, United States; Brian Harman, United States; Cameron Tringale, United States; Billy Horschel, United States; Kevin Na, United States.