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Tour Confidential: Who On Tour Has The Brightest Future?
By Alan Shipnuck
Monday, March 16, 2015

Each week, Sports Illustrated senior writer Alan Shipnuck riffs on the top headlines in golf.

Heroes

1. J-Spy. Now that’s what I’m talking about! You can’t become a superstar with a bunch of top-10s. Now that Spieth is learning to close, the sky’s the limit.

Jordan Spieth, 2015 Valspar Championship

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2. The Valspar. That was the liveliest Sunday of the year by far, full of great recoveries, outrageously clutch putting and a handful of compelling protagonists. More, please.

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, 2015 Valspar Championship

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3. So Yeon Ryu. The 2011 U.S. Women’s Open champ dusted Inbee Park during a taut final round to take the World Ladies Championship in China. Not a nice thing to do to your best friend, SYR.

So Yeon Ryu, 2015 HSBC Champions

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4. Patrick Reed. Love him or hate him, there’s no denying this guy adds a lot of spice to a leaderboard. That 72nd hole birdie was all-world … and then he topped it with a crazy up-and-down to stay alive in sudden death. Onions.

Patrick Reed, 2015 Valspar Championship

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5. George Coetzee. What’s better than winning your second Euro Tour event? How about doing it on your home course, where as a 10-year-old you won a junior event two decades earlier.

George Coetzee, 2015 Tshwane Open

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Zeros

1. Ryan Moore. Dude, when you hole out a shot from the fairway on Sunday to take the lead, it means you’re destined to win. How dare you ruin the storyline by making four back-nine bogeys!

Ryan Moore, 2015 Valspar Championship

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2. Tour dads. It’s weird, and sad, that among the three guys in the Valspar playoff, only Jordan Spieth still talks to his old man.

Jordan Spieth, 2015 Valspar Championship

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3. The Bay Hill setup. I’m already hearing grumbling that, per usual, the rough is way too long and the greens way too firm. Copperhead just showed how much fun a challenging but playable setup can be. C’mon, Arnie! No one likes hack-out, defensive golf … unless it’s the U.S. Open, and Bay Hill ain’t that.

Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club

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4. Derek Ernst. Three bogeys and a double on Sunday sent him tumbling down the leaderboard, all the way to 17th place. Still, this was his second career top-25 finish, the other being a victory at Quail Hollow in 2013, which is looking more and more like the most unlikely win in recent Tour history.

Derek Ernst, 2015 Valspar Championship

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5. The Ping rap video. That chorus will haunt your dreams for days.

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