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This week's heroes? Stenson, Lyle and Lexi. Zeros? Kuchar, Lewis and LPGA-Mexico Relations

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Matt Kuchar is generally regarded as the "nice guy" on the PGA Tour.

Hero

1. The Stense. I doubt that Hogan or Trevino or Hale Irwin or anybody else has ever hit their long-irons better than Stenson is right now. He’s doing plenty of other stuff well, too, which is how you make some $20 million in one spectacular season.

2. Jarrod Lyle. This leukemia survivor’s teary opening tee shot in Australia was one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen, on or off a golf course.

3. Lexi. OK, she is now officially the player we always thought she’d be: a superstar who can lift the LPGA to greater heights.

4. Harris English. What’s more impressive, that this young megatalent has won twice this year or in back-to-back seasons? He accomplished both feats in a stellar 2013.

5. Inbee Park. Thank gawd she clinched POY, because if Park had won three straight majors but been jobbed out of the award by a bogus algorithm, it woulda been the most outrageous thing to happen to a POY award since, well, Tiger won it in 2013.

Zero

1. Matt Kuchar. He had a chance to trump Adam Scott at Royal Melbourne but bogeyed the 70th hole and doubled the 72nd to kick away the tournament. Of course, he’s such a nice guy maybe he did it on purpose just to please all the Australian fans who were rooting against him.

2. Stacy Lewis. In a Sunday dogfight with Lexi, she had the lead until a bogey at the 71st hole, and then on the home hole, she missed a 5-footer that would have forced a playoff. At least this time she she can’t be ungracious on Twitter.

3. Darren Clarke. He shot 73-78 on the weekend at Mayakoba to finish DFL. In other words, coming to America has had no effect on his game.

4. The LPGA. The telecast from the Lorena Ochoa Invitational was scrubbed after the Mexican government pulled it’s funding. So much has been going right for the LPGA lately, but this was a reminder of how precarious the business model remains.

5. Vijay. He roared into contention in Australia with a Saturday 63 but sputtered badly in the final round with six bogies, ultimately finishing third. It’s okay, Finchem. You can put away the voodoo doll now.

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