Hot this week? Lydia Ko, Nick Watney. Not? Bethpage, Sergio and Kaymer

Wednesday August 29th, 2012
Lydia Ko, 15, became the youngest LPGA winner in history.
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HOT
1. Lydia Ko. She arrived with none of the hype of a Michelle Wie, but this 15-year-old's jaw-dropping victory at the LPGA's Canadian Women's Open is a monument to substance over style. The biggest question in women's (and junior!) golf has become, what does Ms. Ko now do for an encore?
           
2.Nick Watney. His tour de force at the Barclays was the latest reminder of this kid's massive talent. So how does he disappear for months at a time? If he could play with that swagger and intensity more often, Watney could be Rory McIlroy without the lilt.

3. Tiger Woods. Watching him hit quality shot after quality shot despite intense back pain was a reminder of what a warrior this guy is. Too bad his putter was suffering from spasms all week.

4. The World Amateur Championship. This week in Myrtle Beach thousands of beer-drinking, steak-eating, bogey-making weekend warriors will convene for the biggest party/tournament in the golf world. Why aren't you here too?

5. Davis Love. The U.S. Ryder Cup captain has an embarrassment of riches: eight or nine strong candidates to fill out the four open spots on his team.

NOT
1. Davis Love. No matter which players he picks, he's going to break some hearts and open himself up to some juicy second-guessing.

2. Paddy Harrington. His opening 64 at Bethpage was an eloquent statement of his Ryder Cup worthiness. Alas, the proud Irishman fizzled to 19th place, dooming his bid for a captain's pick. He will be missed at Medinah.

3. The Bethpage setup. This iconic course is stout enough without pushing the greens to the verge of unplayable. I know it's a delicate dance preparing a championship setup, but you gotta err on the side of common sense. What's wrong with a few birdies?

4. Sergio. That win in Carolina was nice, but exorcising his demons at Bethpage would have proven he really and truly has reclaimed his old duende.

5. Martin Kaymer. It's gotta be uncomfortable for the former world No. 1 to know an entire continent was rooting against him. But such is sports: if he can pull himself together for the Ryder Cup, he will be the toast of all of Europe. (Eh, don't count on it ...)

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