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Hard to believe that Tiger Woods was No. 1 in the World Ranking only eight months ago. Now? "Woods, coming off an 82 for his worst round as a pro, will be out of the top 50 in the world ranking for the first time in more than three years," Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press writes. Woods now ranks 56th. "And if he doesn't turn his game around quickly, he will be ineligible for a World Golf Championship [the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral] for only the second time in his career."
"Perhaps in Dublin's High Court this week or next a sharp Irish lawyer will get to lay a finger on Rory McIlroy and thereby do something no professional golfer came close to achieving at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic," Derek Lawrenson writes in the Daily Mail. "Certainly the test is likely to be sterner than the one he swatted aside in the final round on Sunday to complete his 10th European Tour victory…The only players to reach 10 wins at a younger age than the 25-year-old were Seve Ballesteros, Tiger Woods and Jose Maria Olazabal."
"Everything that could have gone wrong at the Waste Management Phoenix Open did. Tiger Woods missed the cut. So did Phil Mickelson. It rained all day Friday and part of Saturday. A portable toilet called, of all things, a Crowd Pleaser leaked raw sewage into the Fry's Fan Zone…And yet the tournament delivered - again," writes Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic on another successful Phoenix Open.
Brooks Koepka, 24, the winner of the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday, and Rory McIlroy are "unlikely buddies," ESPN's Bob Harig writes, and Koepke gives McIlroy an assist for his success. "I kind of pick his brain a little bit and watch him, how he goes about things and how fearless he is," Koepka said. "The driver…he just pulls driver every hole. Just trying to learn a little bit just from watching him play. It's been a big help."