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Hot this week? Arnold, Price and Open qualifiers. Not? Rickie, Monty, Tiger

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Rickie Fowler was in the hunt on Sunday at the Memorial, but finished in second behind Justin Rose.

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1.Sunday at the Memorial. Was it just me or was this one of the most entertaining telecasts of the year?

2.U.S. Open sectional qualifying. You gotta love golf's meritocracy. On Sunday, Justin Rose won a huge tourney and a million bucks. The next day his scores weren't good enough, and now he'll be watching the Open on TV.

3. Arnie Palmer. The 80-year-old King is officially the world's most likeable golfer, at least according to the company that tabulates Q ratings. And, let's face it, a thirsty patron can't walk into a diner and order a "Jack Nicklaus."

4. Graeme McDowell. Playing on the Ryder Cup course at the Wales Open, G-Mac shot a scintillating 63 to steal a huge victory in his quest to make the European team. Frankly, it was overkill. He was sucking up to his captain just by showing up.

5. Nick Price. Still one of the sweetest swingers in the game, the Hall of Famer won for a second time this year on the Champions Tour. Price remains the perfect rebuttal to those who tell you to slow down your swing.

1. Monty. For sportswriters, he's the gift that just keeps on giving. His recent admission of philandering will surely keep Fleet Street busy all the way through the Ryder Cup. But say this about Cap'n Montgomerie — he can still play a little, as he proved with a 62 in qualifying to roar into the British Open field. I can't wait to watch him throw up on himself at St. Andrews!

2. The USGA. So lemme get this straight — Tom Kite, a winner at Pebble Beach in '92, played his heart out in an Open qualifier but came up one shot short. He's not in the field. Vijay, who's never won an Open and said he wouldn't try to qualify, gets a free pass? Scandalous.

3. Rickie Fowler. Love the kid's spunk, but that drowned tee ball on the par-3 12th hole was one of the worst pressure shots I've seen in a while.

4. TA3. Golf's most swinging bachelor, Tommy Armour III, was a bridesmaid for the third time this year on the senior tour. Maybe the cougars in the gallery aren't providing the proper inspiration.

5. Tiger. What hurts worse than a bad neck and half-a-billion-dollar divorce? Finishing behind Phil for the fifth consecutive tournament.

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