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August 5 2010

8:01 PM

American look to leaderboard

In nearly every pre-tournament interview this week players have been asked about the way international players have been dominating on the PGA TOUR of late.

Starting with Rory McIlroy’s win at the Quail Hollow Championship, international players have won 11 of the last 15 tournaments. Of course, no one mentions that Americans won 13 of the first 18 – with South Africa’s Ernie Els accounting for two of the five international victories early in the year.

Well, the leaderboard at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational has a decidedly American feel right now. Of the top nine players, all but one – Australia’s Adam Scott -- are from the United States. So maybe the furor is a little unfounded.

“I'm not totally sure about the rankings, but I know the No. 1 player in the world is American, and I'm pretty sure the No. 2 one is,” said Chad Campbell, who opened with a 67. “So that speaks pretty highly of American golf.

“I don't know about going down to top 10, top 20, I'm not too sure. But I think we've got a lot of good players. We've got a lot of players, not older, but we've got a lot of good young players, as well. You know, it's a good mix and I don't think there's anything wrong with it. I think it's kind of an unfair criticism that American golfers are getting.” – Helen Ross

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