1. Dan Jenkins. The dean of American sportswriters absolutely killed it in his Hall of Fame induction speech. Congrats to His Ownself, an inspiration to all of us who type for a living.
2. Rickie. It’s even sweeter that his first win came on a strong track at a big-time event against his natural rival in age and charisma. I could see Fowler pulling a Duval, which is to say, waiting so long for the first win and then rattling off a few in short order.
3. Francesco Molinari. The Italian stallion birdied seven of his first 14 holes on Sunday to blow away the boys at the Open de Espana. If you need a darkhorse pick for the U.S. Open, you can do worse than this ballstriker extraordinaire.
4. Warren Buffett. The long-time Augusta National member came out publicly in favor of the club abandoning its silly membership practices and adding women in green jackets. But what does he know? He’s only the smartest guy in the financial world.
5. Peter Alliss's middle finger. During the talk-a-thon that was the HOF inductions, it was a silent gesture that stole the show: Alliss’s flipping of the bird to a long lost teacher who had doubted his future. Even Finchem had to smile.
1. The No. 1 Ranking. The top spot in the World Ranking seems a little less special when it changes hands every week.
2. Webb Simpson. He bogeyed four of the last 13 holes to cough up a tourney played on his home course. But he’s the still the favorite in the Quail Hollow club championship.
3. “The Fifth Major.” One word: Puh-leeze.
4. Rory. I love his consistency, but to be a dominant player he needs to close the deal more often. That bogey on the 71st hole to lose the lead was dreadful, and his approach shot in sudden-death wasn’t much better.
5. Anthony Kim. His lost year just keeps getting worse, with a WD at Quail Hollow. Remember when this guy was gonna be the next Rickie Fowler?