A corridor beneath the grandiose clubhouse is lined with black-and-white photographs from more than a quarter-century of winners at The Players Championship since it moved to the notorious TPC Sawgrass. They have little in common except they beat the best field in golf and got very rich.
For someone who's on top of the world, Trevor Immelman has lately spent a lot of time looking up. One day after becoming the Masters champion, Immelman was courtside at Madison Square Garden for the Boston Celtics' 99-93 victory over the New York Knicks.
Ernie Els spent last week in West Palm Beach, resting and working on his game as he tries to peak for the Masters. It might not be long before he returns for good. Golf's most global player said on Thursday that he was planning to move his home base from London to south Florida, where the weather is more suitable for golf in the winter.
As much as golf looked the same in 2007, some of the greatest triumphs were long overdue. Until a dramatic and calamitous Sunday on the cruel links of Carnoustie, the only time Padraig Harrington had reason to wave the Irish flag was during the Ryder Cup or perhaps a World Cup.
No matter how often he won, by however many shots, no matter how wide the gap grew between Tiger Woods and the rest of the world, he could never escape comparisons to 2000. Woods won the last three majors, including record-setting wins at Pebble Beach and St Andrews, to complete the career Grand Slam at the age 24.