It's great to see Martin Kaymer overtake Tiger Woods as world number two - though history suggests that he may not be there for long.
This week the German is staying in the United Arab Emirates to play the Qatar Masters, an event at which he's failed to shine in the past. He might have won three times at last week's venue, Abu Dhabi National, but Kaymer has never really got to grips with Doha Golf Club.
Woods, meanwhile, is heading to Torrey Pines to start his season. The world number three loves the San Diego course passionately, and so he should: he has won no fewer than seven tournaments at the stunning venue.
The memorable play-off win over Rocco Mediate in the 2008 US Open (pictured), for example, during which his knee was in such a poor state that he probably should not even have been walking, much less playing 90 holes of golf on a hilly, cliff-top course. One photographer who attended the tournament told BM afterwards that he'd been able to hear crunching, squelching and clicking noises from Woods's knee every time he swung the club.
Woods toughed it out to win the 14th Major title of his career, and later admitted that if the 2008 US Open had been anywhere but Torrey Pines he would have gone under the knife much sooner. That's how much he loves the place, and that's how much it suits his game.
As irresistible as Kaymer's form has been over the last six months, he is in no way untouchable like Woods is at his best (he has finished T21, T30, T10, T13 and T1 in his last five tournaments).
Tiger, meanwhile, looked pretty much back to full sharpness in his last event, the Target World Challenge in December, where only some unbelievable putting from Graeme McDowell stopped a Woods win.
The math is pretty simple: if Woods wins this week and Kaymer finishes down the field, the American's stint as world number three may be over as quickly as it began.
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Bunker Mentality is delighted to bring you some good - nay, great - news.
Yes, you guessed it: the Scottish Open is once again to be played on a links golf course.
Now don't get us wrong: BM loves Loch Lomond, the event's home for the last decade and a half. It's a stunning golf course in a stunning location. BM has many happy memories of watching those old pro-celebrity golf programmes which used to take place at the course, in which you'd see the likes of Sam Torrance and Ronnie Corbett going head-to-head against Ronan Rafferty and Terry Wogan in order to brighten up your summer holiday mornings.
But we've always believed strongly that Scotland's national championship should be played on one of the dozens of classic links golf courses that pepper the coastline of the country. It was that nation that gave golf to the world. And as of this summer, the Scottish Open will take place on a links again - Castle Stuart - for the first time since it was held at Carnoustie in 1996.
In some ways it's a missed opportunity. We always thought that the relatively small crowds of the Scottish Open (as opposed to The Open a week later) make it the ideal opportunity to visit a truly classic venue such as Dornoch or Cruden Bay, courses which would be more than good enough to host an Open if their location and off-course facilities were able to cope with 200,000 people a day.
Castle Stuart, by contrast, is almost brand new in golf course terms. Still, it looks incredible (as this picture shows), and everything BM has heard about the place suggests it's an astonishingly brilliant set-up.
And given that players will love the chance to play on a links the week before The Open, more top names should turn up, making for a mouthwatering tournament. Roll on July.
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Nobody likes seeing players get disqualified over petty rule infringements, as Padraig Harrington was last week. He accidentally nudged his ball on the green in Abu Dhabi, and the infringement was spotted later. Every few months somebody gets caught doing something similar, and there's always an outcry over it.
This time we can't even trot out the 'Harrington should have known better' line: he knew the rule, he believed that the ball had oscillated on the spot rather than moved, and he played on. Only comments posted on the European Tour website prompted referees to review the tapes, concluding that Harrington should have been penalised.
The real issue here is with punishment not fitting the crime: instead of being penalised a shot for being careless (fair), Harrington had to be disqualified for having signed for a lower score than he should have recorded. These days, that's just how it goes.
It wasn't always this way: in 1957 Bobby Locke was putting on the 18th green about to win The Open at St Andrews. He moved his ball marker to allow a playing partner to putt out, but forgot to move it back before replacing his ball and knocking it in for a three-shot win. By the time the error was realised (on a newsreel film) it was too late: the champion had been awarded the trophy and everyone went home.
Back then, The R&A decided to go with common sense, and Locke remained the champion. If the same thing had happened today, he would have been disqualified - and Peter Thomson would have been named champion.