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Bubba Watson, Tom Watson in Alan Shipnuck's Heroes and Zeros

Tour Confidential: Will Bubba Upset Spieth's Chance at a Grand Slam?
With Bubba Watson's win on Sunday at the Travelers Championship (his eighth victory on Tour), is he the biggest threat to Jordan Spieth's chances at a grand slam going into the British Open?

Well, we were overdue for another Phil Mickeslon mini-scandal, and this is one of the better ones. Big money and a whiff of illegality is always a good start, but what makes this money laundering newsbreak so delicious is the timing: Phil is now sailing headlong into the hurricane of the British press. Oh, the possibilities are endless!

For my money - which, by the way, has not yet been deposited in an offshore account - the Q & As with Mickelson are going to be at least as entertaining as anything that happens on the course at Gullane or St. Andrews.

Heroes

1. Bubba. Yeah, the guy has issues, but golf is sooo much more interesting with him around.

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Bubba Watson at the Travelers.

2. Greenbrier. In an otherwise quiet week, we get a perpetual 59 watch and the ongoing spectacle of Tiger Woods. All things considered, I'll take it!

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Tiger Woods at the 2012 Greenbrier Classic.

3. NYC. Now that is how you close out a tourney: hole-out from the fairway on 16, stuff it to a foot on 17. Na Yeon Choi may barely weigh 100 pounds but she's got as much heart as anyone in golf.

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Na Yeon Choi won her ninth-career LPGA title.

4. Tom Watson. Coming within one of shooting your age is macho anytime, anywhere. Doing it at a national championship? Vintage Watson.

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Tom Watson at the 2015 U.S. Senior Open.

5. The lowly 7-wood. It's good for grandmas and, apparently, two-time Masters champs.

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Bubba Watson during the Travelers Championship.

Zero

1. Paul Casey. His consistently good play this year has been fun to watch, but that implosion in the Hartford playoff was downright fugly.

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Paul Casey during the final round of the Travelers.

2. The dude who shot a 57. There are two problems: most people are dubious, and he still didn't break Kim Jong-il's record.

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Kim Jong-il.

3. Donald Trump. If he's not careful, the golf firmament is going to have two words for him: you're fired.

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Donald Trump at Turnberry Golf Club in June.

4. Stacy Lewis. The hometown favorite had the lead on the final nine holes and coulda blunted Choi's surge but she missed a ton of putts on the back nine, including a 6-footer on the second-to-last hole. That's now 27 starts since Lewis's last win.

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Stacy Lewis.

5. Retief Goosen. Remember him? He had a share of the lead during the final round at the BMW International Open but promptly hit it in the water and faded away. Amazing to think that Goose was one solid round away from the Hall of Fame. Instead, he self-immolated on Sunday at Pinehurst in '05 and has never been the same since.

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Retief Goosen.

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