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1. Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Spanish Open, becoming the European Tour's first over-50 winner. He's obviously not killing himself at the gym or denying himself at the dinner table. So what's the secret to Jimemez's late-career success?
Alan Shipnuck, senior writer, Sports Illustrated (@AlanShipnuck): That he's not killing himself at the gym or denying himself at the dinner table. He has a fun-filled, well-rounded life, which has helped stave off burnout. Guys who live golf 24 hours a day should take note.
Josh Sens, contributing writer, Golf Magazine (@JoshSens): Hips as flexible as a mid-70s Travolta so he's actually not in terrible golf shape. But let's not overstate his success either. He has made tons of money, sure. But I don't see his name on any majors.
Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: To what do we attribute Jimenez's late-career success? Likely red wine, possibly an active sex life, definitely flexibility. You probably don't need performance-enhancing drugs to keep your golf sharp. And, and I am stealing from Paul Azinger here, you don't need to live on a weight machine, either. But hot yoga, that can only be a good thing. MAJ looks like he would kill in hot yoga.
Jeff Ritter, senior editor, Sports Illustrated Golf Group (@Jeff_Ritter): Yes, he does more curls with glasses of Rioja instead of dumbbells, but Miguel also works hard at his game. Making another Ryder Cup team is a huge motivating factor for him this season, and at this point you have to think he's on McGinley's squad as long as MAJ is healthy in September.
Joe Passov, senior editor, Golf Magazine (@joepassov): This is one happy guy. He is recently married, looking ecstatic and resplendent (despite the appearance of his unfurled hair), and he seems to genuinely enjoy the heat of battle, knowing that a fulfilling life awaits him even if he loses. With that kind of attitude, he adds to it a wealth of experience and a knowledge of his strengths and limitations, so that he always plays within himself. On courses where shotmaking and strategy matter, he always seems to be a factor. Ole'!
Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated (@GaryVanSickle): His secret? Either cigars or wine. I'm leaning toward cigars since comedian George Burns always had one with him and he lived to be about 137.
2. Brendon Todd won the Byron Nelson on Sunday, becoming the fifth former Georgia Bulldog under age 30 to win on Tour this season (with Chris Kirk, Patrick Reed, Russell Henley and Harris English). What made the difference for Todd at the Nelson, and what's behind the wave of success by young American players this season?
VAN SICKLE: The secret of golf, as once exposed by Tiger Woods in the mid-00s, is to not make bogeys. Todd did an exceptional job of that and led the field in scrambling (up-and-down percentage). You don't make bogeys, you don't make it easy for anyone to catch you. Not sure there's a wave, but there are just a lot of good players who have piled up in the waiting room while trying to get onto a Tour that is difficult to access and practically forces players to spend a few years in the minor leagues. Well, a lot of them are here, now, and they're good. And there are plenty more at the lower levels who could succeed if they can ever get a foot in the door.
BAMBERGER: They grew up watching Tiger Woods. The mantra for the kids is win now and to hell with the rough.
RITTER: These young players all seem to win as juniors, and again as collegians, and it just carries over to the pros. It's extremely impressive, and Todd is yet another strong addition to the ever-expanding list.
SENS: No one dominant figure so the pots are more readily there for the taking. It helps that the looming figures of the recent past (Mickelson, Woods, McIlroy) are either injured or having off seasons.
SHIPNUCK: There's definitely a keeping-up-with-the-Joneses aspect to these things. I'm sure Todd has drilled all those guys in plenty of casual games so that fills him with the belief that he, too, is good enough to win on Tour. Turns out, he's right.
PASSOV: Today's youngsters are so Tour-savvy, so polished, with fitness, coaching and superior competition on the way up the ladder. They see what's going on out there, and there's no longer a "pay your dues" fear factor, nor is there an overriding respect factor for the big names in the field. Those so-called big names simply don't close enough, so there's rarely any extra pressure for a young player -- American or not -- to push his execution and decision-making to a level it's not prepared to go. You have a five-month period in 2014 where McIlroy, Bubba Watson (at Phoenix), Kuchar, Adam Scott and other elite players can't get it done. What does that tell young players? "Why not me, then?"