PGA at Torrey Pines: 10 Players Not Named Tiger Woods Who Impressed

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PGA at Torrey Pines: 10 Players Not Named Tiger Woods Who Impressed
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Torrey Pines never fails to evoke that edge of your seat suspense. With a pesky lefty named Phil Mickelson just a shot off the lead at the Farmer's Insurance Open, it literally took a double-breaking birdie putt on the 18th hole for Bubba Watson to close out his second victory on the PGA Tour.

With the first four events of the 2011 season in the record books, has golf ever been this exciting? We’ve already seen two events demand playoffs, and this past week, all of the top three finishers are currently ranked inside the top 20 in the Official Golf World Ranking, Watson (no. 18), Mickelson (no. 4), and Dustin Johnson (no. 14).

Not only is the game going global, welcoming a host of South-American and Asian competitors who add a never before seen international element to the game, but Tiger Woods, the most dominant player of the last decade, is being upended by the next generation of youthful, vigorous competitors. Bubba Watson, one of the leaders of the new breed, maneuvered his gigantic length and volatile game to produce four terrific rounds that anointed him a truly deserving champion at the Farmer’s Insurance Open.

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