The big day is finally upon us – the first round of the British Open is today, live on ESPN beginning at 7:00 am. Jason Sobel, ESPN.com’s resident golf expert, just posted his British Open power rankings. His top four reads as follows:
1. Jim Furyk – Tiger isn’t playing and Phil is the trendy pick, so Sobel goes with someone who has a 0% chance of winning. Good stuff.
2. Sergio Garcia – Kinda reminds me of the drunk playboy from Eastern Promises.
3. Robert Karlsson – The “hottest player in the world,” according to Sobel. I’ve never heard of him.
4. Lee Westwood – Imagine me ranking Mike Bibby as the 4th best player in the NBA…exactly.
So, where does Sobel rank Mickelson? #15, behind such household names as Graeme McDowell, Graeme Storm, Nick Dougherty and Andres Romero. Ranking those guys ahead of Lefty would be like Rolling Stone choosing Smells Like Teen Spirit over Stairway to Heaven in their 500 greatest songs of all time or Jayson Stark ranking Ian Kinsler over Josh Hamilton for MVP…woops, he already did that.