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Bubba Watson Wins Hero World Challenge
By Alan Shipnuck
Monday, December 07, 2015

Sports Illustrated's Alan Shipnuck breaks down the good and bad -- and sometimes even the ugly -- of the weekend that was in professional golf. More often than not, someone blew a lead, another player stormed onto the scene and a few others provided us unforgettable moments, for whatever reason. Who is a hero and who is a zero? Find out below, but make sure to check back next week. You never know who will show up.


1. Bubba. The guy shot 25-under on a working vacation. His talent level is simply frightening.

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2. Sergio. Despite a double bogey on the 71st hole he got his first win in two years in Viet Nam, at something called the Ho Tram Open. And I thought he had retired!

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3. Cheyenne Woods. At golf’s most pressure-packed event, Q School, she birdied five of the final six holes to secure an LPGA card for 2016. At least we’ll have one member of the family tree playing tournament golf next year.

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4. Harold Varner III. This charismatic kid is a breath of fresh air for professional golf, and a T2 at the Australian Masters should be a stepping stone to bigger things.

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5. Tiger. The World Challenge is an annual reminder of all the good work his foundation does, and his soul-baring press conference was a welcome glimpse of humanity. I know Woods has always had a siege mentality, but maybe he’s finally learning that people want to like him and root for him, he just needs to be a little more real about who he is.

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1. Bubba. One word: Muuuuudballllll!

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2. Albany Golf Club. You hold a tournament in the Bahamas, it would be nice to get a glimpse of the ocean. Instead, the tournament was marooned at a boring, artificial track in the middle of a real estate development.

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3. Joe Buck. In a recent survey of TV fans, he was the runaway winner as their least favorite. The only consolation was that he didn’t quite threaten Brent Musburger’s course record.

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4. Tim Finchem. The Tour was hoping to get the caddie lawsuit thrown out but instead the judge wants more info on sponsorship dollars. Ruh roh.

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5. Marc Leishman. He romped to his first Euro Tour victory at Sun City but honestly it was kind of a letdown.

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