Editors' BlogJanuary 12, 2009

Golf World's Top 30 and 2009

The more unpredictable the world becomes, the more we rely on predictions. Steve Rivkin

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Lots of reaction to John Antonini's compilation of the Golf World Top 30 in the 2009 Preview issue and to Tim Rosaforte's look at two of the young Turks, Camilo Villegas and Anthony Kim. Here's the list, then some of the reaction:

  1. Tiger Woods

  2. Sergio Garcia

  3. Anthony Kim

  4. Phil Mickelson

  5. Vijay Signh

  6. Camilo Villegas

  7. Hunter Mahan

  8. Jim Furyk

  9. Geoff Ogilvy

  10. Stewart Cink

  11. Ernie Els

  12. Padraig Harrington

  13. K.J. Cjoi

  14. Adam Scott

  15. Justin Leonard

  16. Boo Weekley

  17. Aaron Baddeley

  18. Brandt Snedeker

  19. Stuart Appleby

  20. Andres Romero

  21. J.B. Holmes

  22. Zach Johnson

  23. Davis Love III

  24. Trevor Immelman

  25. Ben Curtis

  26. Steve Stricker

  27. Sean O'Hair

  28. Stephen Ames

  29. Dustin Johnson

  30. Mike Weir


__Dear Editor:>

I had a lot of fun comparing "my" Top 30 list to John Antonini's list. A few names really jumped out at me. Padraig Harrington's rank of No. 12 surprised me especially considering Ernie Els was at No. 11 ahead of him. Paddy's won mutiple majors the last two years and Ernie has not played to his capable level in several years. I did like the fact that he sprinkled the youthful group of Kim, Villegas and Mahan all in the top 10. I hope he's right, golf needs some young guns to chase down Tiger! __

__Kurt Heinzelman  >

Cinti, OH__


I'm with you, Kurt. I think we'll hear a lot from Harrington this year. He's driven, grounded and, after two major victories this year, wisely chose not to chase a new equipment deal. Geoff Ogilvy, too. He's due. And for some reason, I also think Ben Curtis will be a factor this year. Tough in the majors; swing fixed.


__Dear Editor:>

Are you kidding me? Kenny Perry NOT in Golf World's Top 30!! He gets an honorable mention on page 88!! Geez, if he would have gone to the British Open and missed the cut, would that have helped? __

__John Stephenson>

South Bend, IN__


The editors say he'll be right back on the list when the Ryder Cup returns to Valhalla.


I predict that PGA tour on air reporters will all be required to wear bibs in 2009. This will be necessary because of all the slobbering and drooling that will be going on when Tiger Woods returns.

__Robert Shank>

Carlisle, PA__

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And your point is?

--Bob Carney

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