IT’S NO DIFFERENT ON THE US TOUR

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Phil Mickelson and Annika Sorenstam were back in the headlines this week with their respective victories at the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Club in Los Angeles and the LPGA’s season-opening SBS Open in Hawaii.

Phil Mickelson and Annika Sorenstam were back in the headlines this week with their respective victories at the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Club in Los Angeles and the LPGA’s season-opening SBS Open in Hawaii.
But upstarts from out-of-the blue – or in this case Chile – were still winning on the European Tour.
This time it was Filipe Aguilar, a 33-year-old who has won more than 30 events in his native Chile, but is virtually unknown on the European Tour.
So too was SSP Chowrasia, who won the Indian Open the previous week on the European Tour’s first-ever visit to India.
Mind you, the Tour hasn’t been without it’s big name winners this season. Phil Mickelson won the HSBC Champions in China, Adam Scott the Qatar Masters in the Gulf and Tiger Woods the Dubai Desert Classic.
Spanish Ryder Cup cap Miguel Angel Jiminez, the Hong Kong Open winner, can hardly be described as an unknown. Nor can Aaron Baddeley, the MasterCard Masters winner in Australia, and quite a bit had been heard about James Kingston, Martin Kaymer and Richard Sterne before they won in Paarl, Abu Dhabi and Johannesburg.
Mickelson, this last week at Riviera, and Woods at the Buick Invitational, have also won on the US PGA Tour this year, but like its European equivalent, the US Tour has also had its mixed bag of repeat winners like KJ Choi and JB Holmes and first time surprise packages like Daniel Chopra and DJ Trahan.
So what does this all say?
Nothing really except, perhaps, that the lesser lights tend to pick up the silverware (and the smaller cheques) when the big guns are away, either campaigning on more fertile ground or resting up for the next big one.

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