1 Lydia Ko. The best line from the wunderkind’s third LPGA victory was Kay Cockeril’s: “I’m speechless.” Us, too. What Ko is doing at 17 is utterly mind-boggling.
2. Seung-Yul Noh. Winning a Tour event at 22 definitely counts as a breakthrough. But looking at Noh’s gorgeous swing, it’s hard to believe it took this long.
3.John Peterson. He missed the cut in New Orleans but became a YouTube legend by using a bunker rake to push into a lake an alligator that was bothering playing partner James Driscoll. Finally, a cure for slow play.
4. The Turnberry wind farm. The Donald is set to buy the iconic British Open course. Once Trump gets to preside over his first major you’ll be able to power all of Scotland with the hot air emanating from his blowhole.
5. Alexander Levy. What’s gotten into the French? First Dubuisson blows up, now another 23 year heir to the Van de Velde line has won on the Euro Tour. And Levy even managed to keep his socks on.
1. Keegan Bradley. We love the shoes, the swagger, the stare, the swing, the Twitter wars with Duf...pretty much everything about this cat. But after booting away another chance in New Orleans, Bradley is going on two years without a victory. It’s time.
2. Ben Martin. Nobody is more unpredictable than this 26-year-old by way of Clemson. A week after an up-and-down run at Hilton Head, he played the first 22 holes in New Orleans in 14 under...and the last 50 holes in 3 over. If Martin learns how to minimize the mistakes, watch out.
3. Stacy Lewis. I love her fight, and consistency: in seven starts this year she has six top-6 finishes. But, and it’s a big ol’ but, none of them are victories. C’mon, girl, it’s time close the deal.
4. Tom Watson. According to the standings right now, he has to pick three guys from among others: Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson, Jim Furyk (cough, cough), Rickie Fowler, Will MacKenzie, Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, Tiger Woods. What I love about this is that whatever choices Cap. Watson makes, they’re guaranteed to be the wrong ones.
5. Rory. He fell out of the top 10 in the World Ranking for the first time since January 2011. Lotsa big-time tournaments are ahead so there are plenty of opportunities to move up...if he can outplay the marker.