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The Big Easy is back on top of rips and shanks

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This week is the first of it. PGA Tour players preparing for the opening major of the year, and Doral is the host of an event suited for Augusta. While rumors swirled about one famous golfer, others competed and some made our weekly list of rips and shanks.

Rips

Ernie Els: Well hello, Big Easy. Ernie has the game that most people appreciate; simple, smooth and sexy. Its been since 2008 that Els raised a trophy, but his four rounds at Doral proved that even though he isn't a name that comes up often, he can still dominate, and given the week, can still win marquee events. Don't sleep on Ernie at Augusta.

Charl Schwartzel: Paired with his childhood idol in the final round of a WGC event, the 25-year-old South African put together a 2-under 70, placing him second in the CA Championship field and proving that names like McIlroy, Fowler and Ishikawa might be well know, but Schwartzel is just as good, with some professional wins to boot.

Matt Kuchar: He's having one of the sneakiest season of anyone on tour. His 67-68 weekend finish put him in a tie for third, marking his third time this season where he finished among the top three. He won last year at Turning Stone, and if he keeps up this type of play, he will be a winner in 2010.

Alistair Presnell: Who, you ask? Well, the guy was one over par on after four holes on Sunday. The best way to make the final round better? Birdie nine of the next 14 holes and jump 18 spots to finish in the top-10.

Shanks

Phil Mickelson: Another week, another disappointing finish. Lefty has yet to get it going this season, and has just a few weeks to find a groove before Augusta. A final round 68 helped jump him up the leaderboard, but Phil finished dead last in driving accuracy, something he tried to combat with two drivers in the bag. He will have to find the fairway at the Masters, and that seems far from where he's at right now.

Rory McIlroy: This was the year of McIlroy, right? He struggled at Accenture, finished 40th at the Honda Classic, and was third from the bottom at this week's CA Championship. When will Rory turn it on?

Padraig Harrington: He had a chance to make a move on Sunday, but the jitters came back, and Padraig finished even par on the day when everyone else was going low. Two-under through 12, Harrington bogeyed three in a row, and never gave himself a chance to challenge Els.

Boo Weekley: He might not be playing in the CA Championship, but that doesn't mean Boo couldn't drop some choice words for the camera. Caught on tape by The Golf Channel, Weekley sarcastically expressed after a poor hybrid shot that he "loves this f***ing game." Not his best moment at all.

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