Bunker’s Dozen: August 2008

Can Padraig Harrington stay atop the rankings two months in a row?

Thrash TalkThe 2008 majors are in the past, and now it’s time to start talking FedExCup and Ryder Cup. A few weeks ago, Padraig Harrington won his second consecutive major. In case the media was still wondering about his legitimacy, he clearly put that to rest. Sergio Garcia once again felt heartbreak at the PGA Championship and again this past weekend at the Barclays. How will that affect his ranking this month?

This time last month, Vijay Singh was winless in 2008. Fast forward to the present, and Mr. Singh has multiple quality victories this season. Also, Fred Funk tasted major success for the first time, albeit in a Champions Tour event. Both guys are in the rankings this month, but where did they end up? Keep on reading to find out.

And as always, if you have anything to add, please comment below or discuss it in the forum.

Padraig Harrington

Padraig Harrington is the clear number one this month after sizzling the back nine at Oakland Hills en route to winning his second consecutive major.

Vijay Singh

Vijay Singh returned to the winner’s circle in a big way with wins at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the Barclays.

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia has played great the past month, but runner-up finishes at the PGA Championship and the Barclays is all he has to show for it.

The FedExCup

The FedExCup has received mixed reviews since its inception, but now that it’s playoff time, it’s the talk of the PGA Tour once again.

Fred Funk

Fred Funk picked up his first-ever major championship victory at the Champions Tour JELD-WEN Tradition.

Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke won the KLM Open by four shots for his second European Tour win of the season. The win also moved him one stop closer to making the European Ryder Cup team.

Carl Pettersson

Carl Pettersson picked up a win at the Wyndham Championship in his adopted hometown of Greensboro, NC.

Ji-Yai Shin

Ji-Yai Shin outlasted Yani Tseng en route to winning the RICOH Women’s British Open.

Danny Lee

Danny Lee defeated Drew Kittleson to win the 2008 U.S. Amateur Championship. Lee is the youngest to ever win the prestigious event.

Highway 18

Highway 18 is a new reality show on Golf Channel where slow play isn’t allowed. If you haven’t checked it out, I highly recommend it.

Scott Piercy

Scott Piercy has picked up two Nationwide Tour victories in the past three weeks. One more win this year will give him a battlefield promotion to the big leagues.

Chez Reavie

Chez Reavie won the RBC Canadian Open for his first PGA Tour victory.

Ben Curtis

Ben Curtis tied for second at the PGA Championship and locked up his spot on the United States Ryder Cup team. He also finished in a tie for fourth at the Barclays.

Dropped Out: Kenny Perry, Royal Birkdale, Inbee Park, Anthony Kim, Graeme McDowell, Stewart Cink, Paula Creamer, Jim Furyk, Colt Knost, Robert Allenby, Greg Norman, and Michelle Wie.

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