Webb Simpson is in position to win the money title after finishing second last week.
Stephen Morton/AP
By Alan Shipnuck
Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hot

1. Tom Lewis. Young Tom was the aw-shucks star of the Open Championship as an amateur. Now a grizzled pro, the 20-year-old took exactly three starts on the Euro tour to notch his first win, at last week's Portugal Masters. Jeez, you know the game is getting younger when Rory McIlroy now counts as an elder statesman.

2. Webb Simpson. It's cool that he even showed up at Sea Island for the throwback goal of winning the money title. It's even cooler that he brought his A-game, nearly stealing the victory.

3. Na Yeon Choi. The willowy NYC can't weigh more than 110 lbs., but she's all heart. After double-bogeying the second hole in Malaysia it looked like she was gonna get run over, but Choi played the final 13 holes in five under par to trump Yani Tseng, who is merely the world's most-dominant female athlete.

4. Disney. The PGA Tour's season-ender always has a lot of drama at the bottom of the money list, but this year there's intrigue at the top, too. And unlike the FedEx Cup, you don't need to be a sabermetrician to follow it all.

5. Freddy. Ho hum, just a little Saturday 62 and Sunday 66 to win by seven. Has anyone ever made a difficult endeavor look so easy? I'm not talking about just golf, I mean anything.

Not

1. Yani. Facing an 18-footer for birdie on the final hole to tie for the lead she left it two feet short. Yes, this is how high expectations are for Tseng: she now needs to make that putt more or less every time.

2. Greg Norman. The Presidents Cup captain keeps popping off about Tiger. Doesn't he know this is the only way to ensure Woods will play well in Australia?

3. Paul Casey. A WD at Sea Island ended the Englishman's worst season as a pro. There was a time not long ago when Casey was England's best golfer. Now he's fourth in line to the throne. Maybe fifth, given what Tom Lewis just did.

4. Michael Thompson. The 25-year-old rookie played great for 71 holes at Sea Island [MDASH] at one point on Sunday he led by three strokes [MDASH] but on the 72nd he hit a ghastly slice into the hazard, making a bogey that kept him out of the Ben Crane-Webb Simpson playoff.

5. Tiger Woods. There's a good chance that after the Disney he will have dropped out of the top 125 on the money list. There's no practical meaning [MDASH] Woods earned lifetime membership with his 20th victory a couple of epochs ago [MDASH] but this is the latest way to quantify the sad decline of the game's greatest player.

 

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