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Is Stenson in your five?

Updated: March 22, 2007, 11:23 PM ET
By Jason Sobel
Those of you who have read my recent rantings on Henrik Stenson's place in the current Official World Golf Ranking know I think it's hogwash (not sure I've ever used that word in a piece before!) that's he's No. 5. Nothing against the guy. He's got a couple of big wins recently -- at Dubai and the Match Play -- and is rapidly climbing up the charts this season, both literally and metaphorically.

In my "Honesty Game" column on Wednesday, I once again panned the OWGR, writing that it's tough to consider a guy who's played in only seven career majors -- and never finished better than T-14 -- the fifth-best player in the entire world. Of course, Stenson followed by shooting a 5-under 67 at Doral on Thursday to close the CA Championship as opening-round co-leader along with Robert Allenby. Well played and well-timed, Henrik. Thanks so much.

Calling out Stenson as something below the world's top-five isn't a knock on his talent level; rather, I just think he has yet to approach that status. Even so, it didn't stop a wave of Swedish folks from e-mailing me (very politely and eloquently, I may add) their disagreements with my assessment after the Match Play. And I received some similar responses from readers following this most recent column.

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