This week's Heroes? Kuchar, Janzen and Webb. Zeros? Watney and Wie
1. U.S. Open qualifying. “Golf’s Longest Day” is the sport’s ultimate meritocracy. How can you not love guys hoofing 36 holes in the blazing heat just for the chance to shoot 77-77 and miss the cut at Merion?
2. Matt Kuchar. He used to be golf’s most underrated player. Now he’s so underrated he’s overrated. Whatever, this smiling assassin is quietly putting together a stellar career.
3. Karrie Webb. Her comeback at the ShopRite was the latest chance to appreciate one of the best swings the game has ever seen, male or female.
4. Lee Janzen. The two-time U.S. Open champ failed to read the regulations at his qualifier and was DQ’d for wearing metal spikes, but he handled the whole affair with class and dignity. Jeff Overton, take note.
5. David Eger. The hero of Dropgate recorded his second top-10 on the Senior tour in his last three starts. I know the concept of karma is drawn from Tiger’s religion, but it appears Eger is the one the universe is smiling upon.
1. Cal. Maybe the greatest college team of all-time couldn’t get it done at the NCAAs. It was still a magical year, but coming up a few shots short will haunt these guys for the rest of their lives, if not longer.
2. Nick Watney. Shooting 82-77 hurt even before his swing coach Butch Harmon tweaked him on Twitter. Is he having personal problems, as Butch suggested? Well, he is now…with Butch.
3. Your U.S. Open pool. With Tiger chopping broccoli at Memorial, do you still pick him at Merion? Oh, the humanity.
4. Michelle Wie. She opened ShopRite with a smooth 68, tied for her low round of the year. Then over the next 36 holes she made seven bogeys and three doubles. Wie was once the future of the sport; now, a tie for 9th is a massive moral victory.
5. Matt Kuchar’s beard. And I thought the rough at the Memorial looked scraggly.