There is more bad luck following winners of the Players than the guy who appears on the Madden NFL cover.
The list of things that have happened to past champions is as bizarre as it is scary.
In order from most recent:
Tim Clark injured his elbow and has only played in three events this year.
Henrik Stenson has basically dropped off the face of the earth going from 4th in the World Golf Ranking to 103rd.
Sergio Garcia had to take two months off from the game to rest his mind.
Phil Mickelson was diagnosed with arthritis.
Stephen Ames hurt his back. Fred Funk had bum knee. Adam Scott slammed a car door on his finger and forgot how to putt (until he discovered the old-man putter).
Davis Love III had to have work done on his ankle and got old. Craig Perks doesn't even play competitive golf any more.
And do I have to go through the list of stuff that has happened to Tiger?
Interestingly, in the last 10 playings, only two men have won the Players and then won a major later on. Those men are Tiger and Phil.
My prediction is that this frightening trend of winners getting injured or forgetting how to play golf will stop this year.
Look for the Players Champion to win a major some time this year or in 2012.