1. Stephen Gallacher. This Scottish vet has turned into a winning machine at the tender age of 39. But enough about him – have you seen his cousin Kirsty?!
2. The Stads family. I can’t imagine a cooler experience than competing in the Masters next to my dad.
3. Mi Hyang Lee. When you drop a final round 63 on Lydia Ko to beat her in her home-country, yeah, that’s pretty macho.
4. The West Coast Swing. Forget all the harrumphing about vacationing stars, this is still the best golf of the year, non-major division: the beauty of Kapalua, the star power of Torrey, the hijinks of Phoenix, now the majesty of Pebble, to be followed by the glamour of Riv and the non-stop action of the Match Play. The Florida swing? That’s a good time to catch up on your reading.
5. Graham DeLaet. He finished 2013 with a pair of top-3s in the playoffs and a starring role at the Presidents Cup. Now he’s been runner-up in back-to-back weeks. Plus he has the best beard in golf. Dude is going to win any week now.
1. Bubba. It’s now been close to two years since this uber-talent won a golf tournament. It’s time.
2. Tiger bashers. Yeah, he seemed a tad disinterested in Dubai, but along with the ensuing pitstop in India he’s looking at clearing $5 million for this little sojourn – given that kind of cheddar, how hard would you grind at a meaningless Euro tour event? Expect him to be fully engaged by April.
3. Rory. He’s obviously close to putting it all together but he can’t quite get out of his own way; four bogeys in the middle of his final round in Dubai killed his chances for a much-needed win. He’ll figure it out again. Right?
4. Harris English. He looked like the guy to beat heading into Sunday but three bogies and a brutal double on a par-5 during the final round meant another opportunity slipped away. These young guys like English and Spieth are beginning to realize how tough it is to win on Tour.
5. Phil. After his 68 mph heater as a Toledo Mud Hen and the double bogey-inducing spirals in Phoenix, I think it’s time for Phil the Thrill to concentrate on golf.