This week's heroes? Zach, Spieth and golf's pigskin junkies. Zeros? The Duf and Dustin
1. Zach. Tough conditions, tough golf course, you can pick one guy to shoot a 69 to save your life. I'd take this gritty little bulldog.
2. Jordan. So much for the sophomore slump.
3. Ted Scott. Bubba Watson’s caddie was moonlighting for Webb Simpson, whose regular bagman Paul Tesori was back on the mainland standing vigil over his newborn son Isaiah, who developed complications after a harrowing delivery. Scott hand-scrawled ISAIAH on his clothing, giving Tesori a boost when he watched the telecast and reminding all of us what a tight-knit fraternity the Tour is.
4. Kapalua. No course in golf is more fun to watch the players navigate than this rollicking rollercoaster, which demands creativity and offers endless panoramic views. Such a great way to kick off the new year.
5. Phil & Jack. If you had endless vacation days, unlimited funds and your own plane, wouldn’t you, too, zip around following your favorite football team? Gotta love the passion of these two pigskin junkies.
1. The Duf. He double-bogeyed the 71st hole to end his bid, and then the world’s most high-profile Auburn fan had to suffer through a heart-breaking loss. Next thing you know, the Tour is gonna ban Copenhagen.
2. Dustin. The defending champ had a share of the 54-hole lead but bogeyed four of the first ten holes on Monday to tumble down the leaderboard. We all want him to grow into a superstar, but final-round stumbles like this are what keep him consigned to the ranks of the very-good-but-not-great.
3. Derek Ernst. Hey, I know it’s a working vacation, but dude didn’t break 70 all week and finished DFL. Of course, he still “earned” $61,000, so maybe the joke’s on us.
4. The T o’ C. The rumbling is grower louder that the Tour may broaden the qualifying criteria at a tournament that has always been winners-only. Don’t do it, Finchem -- you’d get a few more players to show up, but the uniqueness of the tourney would be destroyed.
5. Eamon Lynch. The big cheese at golf.com called Zach Johnson “a journeyman” a few weeks ago in Tour Confidential. At this rate, Johnson’s journey may end in St. Augustine.