This week's Heroes? Inbee Park and Paul Casey. Zero? Colin Montgomerie's belt.

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Colin Montgomerie's belt has to be the hardest working accessory in golf.

HEROES:

1. Inbee. OK, two of the greatest runs in the history of sports were Tiger Woods in 2000 and Ben Hogan in 1953, and Ms. Park has now matched them major for major, with three in a row…and counting. It’s time to tune in, people, this is epic stuff.

2. Paul Casey. It’s hard to remember now, but it was he who was supposed to be the Next Faldo, not Rose or Donald or Westwood or Poulter. It’s nice to see the oft-injured Casey reclaiming his old form. Also, bonus points for introducing the world to our favorite WAG: Pollyanna Woodward.

3. Kenny Perry. Golf’s most lovable loser finally got it done at a “major,” in this case the Senior Players.

4. Jay Haas. He was responsible for nearly $1.2 million in winnings on Sunday—$21,446 for finishing 27th on the Champions tour and the rest of it for having given his son Bill a membership in the Lucky Sperm Club.

5. The Women’s British Open. It was already a big deal for the event to be heading to the Old Course for only the second time. Now, with Inbee chasing history, it becomes one of the biggest events of the summer. I’ll see you at the Dunvegan.

ZEROS

1. Michael Bembenick. The club pro from Indianapolis is being celebrated as a heroic sportsman for maintaining a peppy attitude while hanging up a 103 at a Nationwide event. I’m sorry, but if you’re that overmatched the truly honorable thing to do would be not cluttering up an event at which the real golfers are fighting for their livelihood.

2. Rory. ‘Twas another lost week for the woebegone former world number one. Even more flummoxing than his ragged play in Ireland is that McIlroy intimated he’d like to add another event ahead of the Open but his busy off-course workload precludes that kind of emergency prep. Who’s handling this guy’s schedule? Oh, wait, nevermind.

3. Jessica Korda. Yeah, it’s tacky to fire a caddie mid-round, but the most absurd part of this soap opera was Korda’s reasoning: she wanted to have more “fun” on her second nine. This is the U.S. Freaking Open -- you’re supposed to be miserable!

4. D.H. Lee. The 26-year-old from Korea shot a 64 on Sunday at Congo for a backdoor T3. So maybe the middle-finger he flashed on Saturday was his way of saying he’s number one in the rookie of the year race?

5. Colin Montgomerie’s belt. Monty’s senior debut was a reminder that we should all tip our caps to what has to be the hardest-working accessory in golf.

 

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