Heroes & Zeros: Alan Shipnuck on the Week's Best and Worst

Wednesday August 19th, 2015
6:07 | Tour & News
Tour Confidential: Recapping the 2015 PGA Championship

I’m usually a little melancholy in the days after the PGA Championship, mourning the end of the thrills and spills of the major championship summer, but it’s a different feeling this year. The Opens, here and abroad, were utterly thrilling, and while this PGA wasn’t quite as nerve-jangling, it was still a star-making tour de force for the champion. For the last decade, we’ve been fretting about the post-Tiger era -- now that it’s here, it looks pretty damn good to me.

Heroes

1. JDay. He drove it like Rory and putted like Jordan. Now he gets to join them in a wildly appealing neo-Big Three.

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2. Spieth. This was, quite simply, one of the best seasons by a golfer in the post-Watson era. What a thrill it is to watch this kid play.

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3. Branden Grace. Between Straits and Chambers, this underrated South African is turning into a big-game hunter.

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4. Brooke Henderson. Say hello to the newest LPGA Tour member. Sky’s the limit for this massively-talented, wildly ambitious 17 year old.

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5. Justin Rose. He went 34 under across this season’s four majors, a number exceeded only by Spieth and Day, a testament to Rose’s consistency and all-around excellence.

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Zeros

1. Justin Rose. And yet he came up empty-handed. That double bogey on the 13th hole on Sunday at the PGA was a brutal rally-killer.

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2. Dustin. His crazy final round at the PGA, full of incredible highlights and one absurd pratfall, was his entire career in a nutshell. Oh, and with Day’s breakthrough, DJ is now the consensus pick for the dreaded Best Player Never To Have Won A Major title.

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3. The modern golf ball. The Old Course’s greens have to be bikini-waxed to try to slow scoring, making it unplayable in the wind, and once-fearsome Whistling Straits is now a driver-wedge pushover. When will the madness stop?

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4. Rory. Remember this time last year, when McIlroy owned the game? And no other players had proven themselves as worthy adversaries? Seems like a looooong time ago.

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5. Tiger. I guess stubbornness is part of what made him so great, but it’s just going to bring scar tissue, to him and to us, watching Woods struggle through the Wyndham.

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