Montgomerie shouted at photographers during his round on Friday at the China Open.
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By Alan Shipnuck
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hot

1. Brian Gay. That was one of the most awesome unleashings of game and want I've ever seen. For one of golf's shortest hitters to destroy a good field and venerated course is a testament to the quality of the rest of his game.

2. Nick Price. Jeez, it's about time. That fact that this pre-eminent ballstriker had so much trouble winning on the senior tour only confirms my belief that the circuit is a glorified putting competition.

3. Danny Lee. The flashy teen makes his much-ballyhooed pro debut this week in New Orleans. I'll definitely be watching, if only to see if he can avoid another 6-putt, like he suffered at Augusta.

4. Phil. He gets the nod for some epic trash-talking at the expense of Nasty Nick Faldo during the otherwise civilized Masters champions dinner. Scroll about two-thirds of the way down this article for details that are otherwise unprintable.

5. Charlie Rymer. TV golf's most amiable soul has a new gig as of this week, hosting Golf Channel's "The Big Break." Is it a character flaw that I'm actually excited about this?

Not

1. The LPGA. The announcement that the Corning Classic is kaput after next year is another big loss to a schedule that has continued to contract. On the bright side, fewer tournaments should lead to a higher percentage of events with very strong fields. Hey, when it comes to the LPGA, you have to be an optimist.

2. Monty. After yet another hissy fit in China, he blamed the controversy on the lack of etiquette among fans in "emerging nations." Perhaps there is another explanation: Monty is a putz.

3. CBS. Has there ever been a more drama-free Sunday in the history of televised golf?

4. Brendon Todd. Dude made a hole-in-one on the same hole in consecutive rounds on the Nationwide tour and still finished 50th, playing the other 70 holes in four over par. And just imagine the bar tab ...

5. The PGA Tour. Rory McIlroy's decision to reject an offer of "special temporary" membership confirms the shifting golf landscape. With so much money in Europe/Asia/Dubai, the top young international players are content to dabble in the U.S. Either that, or Cap'n Monty has some photos of Rory in a compromising position.

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