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Tiger Woods and Scott McNealy have something in common: They aren't No. 1. The top-ranked pro...

Scott McNealy

Tiger Woods and Scott McNealy have something in common: They aren't No. 1.

The top-ranked pro golfer in the world the past five years, Woods lost the top spot this week, after Vijay Singh captured the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Almost simultaneously, Sun Microsystems Chief McNealy was bounced from the top spot in Golf Digest's listing of the best CEO duffers. McNealy's crime? He let his U.S. Golf Association Index rating slip to 2.9. McNealy held the top rank of the biennial survey from 1998, when his Index was 3.9, to 2002, when it was 0.3.

McNealy told the magazine, "Revamping and ramping up Sun's new product line" has left "little time to work on my short game. Or long game. Or to play."

Too bad the company's stock hasn't reflected the sacrifice. The shares are trading nominally above their price of two years ago.

By the way, McNealy and Woods have played golf together and were once port-a-potty neighbors.

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CNET former Editor in Chief Scott Ard has been a journalist for more than 20 years and an early tech adopter for even longer. Those two passions led him to editing one of the first tech sections for a daily newspaper in the mid 1990s, and to joining CNET part-time in 1996 and full-time a few years later.

 

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