This week's heroes? Kaymer, Furyk and the TPC Turtle. Zeros? The casual golf fan and Morton's Steakhouse
1. Herr Kaymer. After what he’s done at the Ryder Cup and Players, it’s clear this guy needs a wheelbarrow to lug around his oversized, uh, courage.
2. Jim Furyk. This aging warrior continues to wage a brave battle. He has minimal firepower and at times a shaky putting stroke but Furyk just keeps grinding. You gotta respect the effort.
3. Adam Scott. First he pulls off the impossible -- a secret wedding for a celebrity in the Internet age -- and now he’s going to take over number one in the World Ranking next week without even playing a tournament. This guy can make anything look easy.
4. Rory. After lamenting the boredom of backdoor top-10s, he had another backdoor top-10. But even as he labors to put it all together, McIlroy has put together his best finish at the Masters and now his lowest round ever at the Players. What’s gonna happen when he actually starts playing well?
5. The TPC turtle. He has more personality than most of the players in the field.
1. The casual fan. No Tiger, no love. Ratings for the Players plunged 54% over last year, yet another reminder that those of us who love the game will always watch, but for everybody else, it is still Woods and Woods alone who moves the needle.
2. George O’Grady. Beloved caddie Ian MacGregor dropped dead on the 9th fairway during the final round of the Madeira Islands Open and somehow the Euro tour leadership, led by commissioner O’Grady, decided it was a good idea to keep playing. For shame.
3. John Senden. He was in position to make a run at another victory until a back-nine 41 on Sunday. The robotic Senden was so distraught he almost frowned.
4. Morton’s. The best detail from the Justin Rose ruling reversal was that it got hashed out by the Tour rules staff over dinner at Ruth's Chris. Just in case you were wondering what the preferred steakhouse of the spray-on dandruff set is.
5. Jeff Overton. He had a pretty nice tournament going until a 10 on the 11th hole on Saturday, part of a back-nine 46. Boom, baby.