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1.) Michelle Wie followed up her runner-up finish at the Kraft Nabisco Championship with a come-from-behind victory at the LPGA LOTTE Championship, ending a four-year victory drought. What is different about Wie this year and will she now be a consistent winner on the LPGA Tour?
Joe Passov, senior editor, Golf Magazine (@joepassov): The Big Wiesy is back because she has confidence that's based on fundamentals she believes in. This three-quarter punch stuff, even with her driver, doesn't come close to approximating that long, flowing, gorgeous swing she had 10 years ago as a 14-year-old, but it works. Her putting style is as bizarre as I've seen in a good while, but putting is, and always has been, about what succeeds, not what looks good. It’s unbelievable that she's beating Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen regularly, considering where she was a year ago. She's got more wins ahead. Good for Michelle, good for the LPGA, good for golf.
Jeff Ritter, senior editor, Sports Illustrated Golf Group (@Jeff_Ritter): She's always hit the ball as well anyone on the LPGA. It's all come down to putting. Still not sure I'm buying the goofy, broken robot putting stance, but it worked this week, and it was great to see her land a title. If she keeps putting, she'll continue to win.
Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: There are so many good LPGA players now, it is hard to say there's room for consistent winners right now. She's had such an erratic career to date, it's hard to imagine her becoming a consistent winner. But the whole point of golf, at every level, is improvement, so why not?
Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated (@GaryVanSickle): I don't know what's different, other than her results. Consistent is one thing she's never been, but she could be a game-changer for the LPGA if she can keep it up.
Alan Shipnuck, senior writer, Sports Illustrated (@AlanShipnuck): People forget this is Wie's first full year as a touring pro. It's not easy to play the LPGA while getting a Stanford degree. She's more settled now and more independent, having moved to Florida and left her parents behind. Wie has slowly built her confidence up and has a new belief in her short game. So add all that together and this win wasn't a fluke -- it's a new beginning.
2.) After tearing up the Harbour Town front nine with six birdies, Matt Kuchar squandered yet another final-round lead, three-putting No. 17 to open the door for Luke Donald, before holing his bunker shot on the final hole to win the RBC Heritage. Are you impressed that Kuchar is finally atop the leaderboard in 2014 or troubled that he seems to be having so much trouble closing?
RITTER: It's surprising to see Kuchar stumble so frequently on Sundays this season, but he's putting himself in the mix so often, he's bound to grab some wins like he did this week. I'd like to seem him nail down those titles when he has the chance, but as we stand now, he's one of the top 5 U.S. players in the world, squarely on the Ryder Cup team. It's hard to call him a disappointment.
PASSOV: Why don't we cut Mr. Kuchar some slack? Sure, it's been a recurring story that his final-round flubs have been maddeningly repetitive in 2014, but at least he's been in the hunt week after week. That's more than I can say for a bunch of 2013 stalwarts. Consider me impressed.
BAMBERGER: Nothing Matt Kuchar does on a golf course troubles me. I used to be troubled by his glacial pace, but it has improved -- slightly. I like his demeanor, both on the course and with fans and reporters. But I have no emotional stake in his successes or, really, all those near-misses.
SHIPNUCK: It's not just Kuchar -- everyone has trouble closing. Bottom line, he got it done and deserves to be celebrated. At least for a week.
VAN SICKLE: I'm impressed that Kooch played so well four straight weeks that he had four chances to win. Was it clutch that he holed a bunker shot to win at the last or was it a fortunate accident, much like Matt Jones' hole-out in Houston? It proves that if you put yourself in position to win often enough, you'll eventually win, even if by accident.