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This week's heroes? Mo, Rose and brown-nosers. Zeros? Stricker, Rory and ovulating golf balls

Heroes

1. Mo Martin. How can you not love this gal? Her charm is matched only by her heroism -- that near-albatross on the 72nd hole to steal the Women’s British has already passed into legend.

 

Mo Martin
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2. The linksland. Birkdale, Aberdeen, Hoylake, Porthcawl…this is a three-week stretch to stir the soul of every golfer with a high-definition TV. 

 

No. 12 at Royal Liverpool
The par-4 12th hole at Royal Liverpol Golf Club. (David Cannon / Getty Images)

 

3. JRo. It’s nice to see that Rose has just pipped Tiger Woods as the favorite to win the Open Championship. All he’s done is win back-to-back starts on wildly different golf courses. Can he snag a third straight and the biggest of the bunch? Stay tuned.

 

Justin Rose
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4. Monty. All he does is win major championships…against the old farts, anyway.

 

Colin Montgomerie
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5. Keegan Bradley. In an audacious bit of brown-nosing, the would-be Ryder Cup captain’s pick was the only guy to accept captain Tom Watson’s invitation to scout Gleneagles. When a bunch of top players get left off the team in favor of Keegan, they’re gonna wish they’d been more of a teacher’s pet.

 

Keegan Bradley
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Zeros

1. Steve Stricker. Looking for yet another win at the Deere, he shot a desultory 72 on Sunday, the worst score of any player who finished in the top 20. At least he can atone at the Open. Right?

 

Steve Stricker
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2. Inbee Park. With the chance to add another major to her resume, 'the queen' Bee coughed up the 54-hole lead at the Women's British with a 77 that included six bogeys and a double. Yeah, Birkdale was playing tough…but not that tough.

 

Inbee Park
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3. Rory McIlroy. His entire star-crossed last year-and-a-half can be summed by two numbers: 64-78.

 

Rory McIlroy
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4. Jessica Korda. In a post-round interview on live TV, she said her ball was “ovulating” on the green rather than oscillating. But major bonus points to Korda for laughing at herself on Twitter over the malapropism.

 

Jessica Korda
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5. “Morning Drive.” With Holly Sonders apparently jumping to Fox, the only reason to watch now is for golf news.

 

Holly Sonders
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