Hot List: Weir No. 1; Daly, Woods on the move

Originally Published: February 24, 2004
ESPN.com

Past Hot Lists: Week 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

ESPN.com ranks the 20 hottest golfers based on their finish in their last five PGA Tour events (early in the year, players will obviously have played fewer than five tournaments), with the latest tournament weighted heaviest and decreasing values for the previous four. For players who split time between the PGA Tour and Europe, we count only their latest two European finishes (indicated by an asterisk), giving it the weight of a weaker PGA Tour stop.

- Gaining momentum
- Losing ground

Hot List (through the Nissan Open)
  Rk Player Recent Results Comment
  1  Mike Weir Nissan: 1
Pebble: T4
FBR: T5
Bob Hope: T41
Mercedes: 24
He earned his first win since The Masters despite blowing a seven-stroke lead late Sunday. He's one of four top seeds at this week's Accenture Match Play.
  2  John Daly Nissan: T4
Buick Inv.: 1
FBR: T54
Bob Hope: T30
He followed up his first victory in nearly nine years with another great showing at Riviera, and heads a weak field in Tucson this week. Another top-5 finish would make him a virtual lock to qualify for The Masters.
  3 Ernie Els *Heineken: 1
*Walker: T10
Sony: 1
Mercedes: T21
He decided to skip the Match Play after all, opting to stay home while his daughter begins school. He'll return next week in Dubai, an event that will also include Tiger.
  4 Phil Mickelson Buick Inv.: T4
Pebble: 3
FBR: T7
Bob Hope: 1
Mickelson is a No. 2 seed at the Accenture Match Play, where he faces a couple of tough matches -- Lee Westwood and potentially Charles Howell III -- to start off.
  5  Vijay Singh Nissan: T24
Buick Inv.: Cut
Pebble: 1
FBR: T3
Sony: T10
After 12 straight top-10s Singh's cooled off a bit, finishing out of the top 20 in two straight tournaments.
  6  Stuart Appleby Nissan: 3
Buick Inv.: T40
*Heineken: T16
Sony: Cut
Mercedes: 1
A second-round 64 and a Sunday 66 carried him to his second top-3 finish of the season at Riviera.
  7  Shigeki Maruyama Nissan: 2
Buick Inv.: T4
FBR: T63
Sony: T41
Mercedes: T15
Maruyama enters this week's Match Play Championship on a roll, though he faces a potential second-round matchup with Tiger Woods.
  8  Jonathan Kaye Nissan: Cut
Buick Inv.: T30
FBR: 1
Bob Hope: 4
Sony: T54
Just one of Kaye's six rounds since winning the FBR Open has been under par.
  9  Jeff Maggert Nissan: T10
Pebble: 2
FBR: Cut
Sony: Cut
After posting just two top-10s in all of '03, he now has two straight after opening the year with two missed cuts.
  10 Chris Riley Buick Inv.: T2
FBR: T33
Bob Hope: T9
Sony: T20
One of the tour's best putters missed a five-footer that would have extended the Buick playoff with Daly. He later said he would have "bet my life on that putt."
  11  Chris DiMarco Nissan: T44
FBR: 2
Bob Hope: Cut
In his first tournament in almost a month, DiMarco couldn't carry the momentum from his runner-up finish at the FBR.
  12  Luke Donald Nissan: T67
Buick Inv.: T2
Pebble: T17
FBR: Cut
Sony: T20
Still off to by far the best start of his young career despite a disappointing finish at Riviera.
  13  Tiger Woods Nissan: T7
Buick Inv.: T10
Mercedes: T4
Tiger had his driver working at Riviera, though his iron-game didn't click until his final-round 64.
  14  Kirk Triplett Nissan: 6
Pebble: T14
FBR: Cut
Hope: T9
Mercedes: 6
Triplett has been in the top 14 in four of his first five events. He pulled out of this week's Match Play to go to a friend's wedding.
  15 Adam Scott *Heineken: 2
*Walker: T35
Sony: Cut
Mercedes: 7
A year after nearly tackling Tiger in the Match Play semifinals, Scott is back at La Costa to give it another go.
  16 Davis
Love III
Pebble: Cut
Sony: 3
Mercedes: T9
Love returns from a brief layoff at the Accenture Match Play, where he'll be one of the four top seeds.
  17 Retief Goosen FBR: T9
Bob Hope: T26
Sony: T10
Mercedes: T4
Goosen is looking to avenge last year's first-round ouster at the Accenture Match Play.
  18 Jesper Parnevik Nissan: 78
Buick Inv.: T4
Pebble: T7
FBR: T49
Hope: T5
Parnevik was on track for another top-10 finish at the Nissan before a Saturday 83 threw him far off-course.
  19 Duffy Waldorf Buick Inv.: T4
FBR: T5
Bob Hope: T20
Sony: T36
Waldorf withdrew from last week's Nissan Open, but he's back in action this week at the Accenture Match Play.
  20  Steve Flesch Nissan: T67
Buick Inv.: T16
FBR: T3
Bob Hope: T16
Sony: Cut
Flesch hangs on to the bottom spot on the Hot List after a disappointing showing at Riviera.

Just missed the top 20: Thomas Bjorn, Jay Haas, Bo Van Pelt, Justin Leonard, Darren Clarke, Hank Kuehne, Tom Pernice Jr., Bob Tway, Briny Baird, Ben Crane.

Dropped out of the top 20: Bjorn (6), Haas (19).