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Hot? Rory, Quiros and the game itself. Not? Tiger and Michelle

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Ryo Ishikawa's 58 was the lowest score ever recorded on a major professional tour.

1. Golf. Oodles of young talent, some insane scores, a relentless Phil, endless intrigue about Tiger's swing, back-to-back 5th majors, a new number one on the LPGA ... is this any good?

2. Rory Mac. Love the hair, the strut, the swing. The kid is, quite simply, cool.

3. Jiyai Shin. The queen is gone. Long live the new queen.

4. Japanese golf. It used to be a Jumbo-sized joke, but thanks to Ai and Ryo, golf in Asia now means a lot more than just Korea.

5. Alvaro Quiros. One of the game's most engaging personalities — and heaviest hitters — wins his national championship in a playoff and almost nobody noticed on one of the wildest Sundays in recent memory. But Quiros's fourth career Euro tour win portends big things this summer.

1. The LPGA. Not only do they lose Lorena, but her farewell event was both a tear-jerker and a heart-stopper, featuring a bang-bang finish among top talents. And yet not a minute of it was televised here in the U.S.

2. Tiger. I expected him to be rusty. I never thought I'd see him quit.

3. Quail Hollow's chances of hosting a major. I'm quite sure Phil Mickelson's lambasting of the greens was heard loud and clear in PGA of America headquarters.

4. Tommy Armour III. The coolest cat in golf is now haunting the minor leagues, losing at the wire in something called the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

5. Michelle Wie. Still looking to follow-up on last fall's breakthrough, she was one back on Sunday until making a horrendously soft double bogey on the 13th hole, taking four to get down from a greenside bunker. I'm still a believer, but she needs another win pronto.

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