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Tour Confidential: Is Jack Nicklaus Right About the Ryder Cup?
By Alan Shipnuck
Monday, September 19, 2016

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. In Gee Chun. With Inbee Park’s thumb injury and stated desire to start a family, it may be time to hail In Gee as the new queen of Korean women’s golf, which automatically makes her one of the most important people in the sport.

In Gee Chun celebrates her victory at the Evian Championship.
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2. Paul Broadhurst. It doesn’t get any more macho than winning at Carnoustie and Pebble Beach in the span of a few months. What a great late-career surge for the quintessential grinder from England.

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Bernhard Langer (right) congratulates Paul Broadhurst after Broadhurst won the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on Sunday.
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3. Frankie Molinari. It doesn’t get any sweeter than winning your national open, and Molinari has now done it twice. Cin cin!

Francesco Molinari celebrates after holing his putt on the 18th hole to win the Italian Open at Golf Club Milano.
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4. Nacho Elvira. He finished T3 in Italy, which is swell, but really I just wanted to type his name.

Nacho Elvira of Spain lines up a putt on the 2nd during the second round on day two of the KLM Open at The Dutch.
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5. The First Tee Open. This Champions tour stop has become one of golf's most charming events, showcasing a firm, fast Pebble in its glorious Indian summer and every year introducing a new crop of appealing and inspiring First Tee kids.

Vijay Singh reacts after making a putt during the Nature Valley First Tee Open.
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1. The Tour Championship. Other than the pseudo-drama over the final Ryder Cup captain’s pick is there any reason to tune in? Flipping the nines at East Lake is a concession that the most boring finish on Tour wasn’t working, but the new routing can’t save an otherwise somnolent event.

A shot of the East Lake clubhouse.
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2. Annika. The European captain has vowed to bring less drama to the Solheim Cup. But that’s why we tune in!

Annika Sorenstam in 2005, the year she won a third straight LPGA Championship.
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3. AK. I guess random charity events is the only time we’re ever gonna see golf’s Yeti teeing it up.

Anthony Kim last played on the PGA Tour in 2012.

4. Rory Sabbatini. Fighting to get back to the big-time, the six-time PGA Tour winner went 65-75 to miss the cut at the Web.com Tour Finals stop in Boise. Somewhere, Ben Crane is smiling. Tiger, too. And Sean O’Hair.

Rory Sabbatini of South Africa hits his putt on the second hole during the first round of the Albertsons Boise Open.
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5. The value of par. All credit to In Gee, but another major, another broken scoring record. I’ve got nothing against birdies but we’re getting to the point where 25 under is going to win majors. Maybe I’m a dinosaur, but I remember when the game was kind of challenging for the pros.

In Gee Chun plays a shot during the final round of The Evian Championship.
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