1. Inbee Park. Can you imagine what a big deal we’d be making about a 26-year-old dude who won four majors in two seasons? (Wait, isn’t Rory 25? Hmmm.)
2. The U.S. Amateur. It's consistently the most volatile, surprising and entertaining big-time tournament we have. All hail Gunn Yang, maybe the most improbable national champion ever.
3. Camilo Villegas. It’s an impressive climb back for the erstwhile Spider-Man. At 32, he still has time to reach the stardom that once seemed inevitable.
4. Joe Ogilvie. Before the Wyndham, he announced that he'll be leaving professional golf to pursue a career in investment banking. No, he was never a leading man, but this pro’s pro went out exactly how he spent the last 16 years on Tour: with class, dignity and good cheer. He’ll be missed.
5. Marissa Steen. With her third win on the Symetra Tour, this talented 24-year-old just earned a battlefield promotion to the LPGA. As if the future of American golf wasn’t already looking strong enough.
1. Brittany Lincicome. I love her spunk, but Bam Bam gave away the LPGA Championship twice on Sunday, with soft bogeys on the 72nd and the first extra hole of sudden death. Her palpable jitters were a strong contrast to the icy cool of Queen 'Bee.
2. Kevin Sutherland. He could’ve shot pro golf’s first 57 with a birdie on the final hole on Saturday, but he made bogey and had to settle for a mere 59. Then he chopped broccoli on Sunday, shooting a 74 to blow himself out of the tournament. Who knew you could post a 59 and still consider it a lost work week?
3. Nicholas Thompson. A late-season swoon continued at Sedgefield, where he was bounced to 126th in FedEx Cup standings and thus out of the playoffs. Worst case, he can borrow some dough from his sister Lexi.
4. Nick Watney. He had the lead with 7 holes to play at the Wyndham, but a bogey at 14 and double at 18 cost him the tournament. Once considered a can’t-miss young stud, Watney is now winless over the last two years.
5. Bradley Dredge. He bogeyed two of the last three holes in Denmark to allow Marc Warren to steal the victory. When your last name is a verb that means scooping up muck, this kind of thing is probably inevitable. (And, yes, a dude named Shipnuck is certainly qualified to comment.)