Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth in Heroes & Zeros
I hate this week. It's a reminder that winter is coming, and the only good golf tournaments will be played halfway around the world, at times that test the storage capacity of my DVR. Why does the Cup have to take a week off, anyway? Just when we're invested in the Will McGirt story the show goes dark. I’m pretty sure NFL brutes play four weeks in a row, can't the Tour warriors manage it, too? It would avoid this awful bye week, which is a depressing reminder that the end of the season is nigh.
1. Rickie. That’s now three wins in four months, each of them with some awesome pyrotechnics on the closing holes. Is it a Big Three or a Big Four? Who cares! Just enjoy having this kid around.
2. Keegan. He got engaged, Tom Brady was exonerated and Bradley played his way to Chicago—not a bad fortnight.
3. Asian golf. The International Prez Cup team is reflective of golf’s changing face, as India (Lahiri), Japan (Matsuyama), Thailand (Jaidee) and Korea (Sangmoon Bae and Danny Lee) are all represented. (Lee, pictured, was born in Korea to Korean parents but later became a naturalized New Zealand citizen.) It’s going to be an intriguing Cup, and with Bae as hero/martyr the Interationals will enjoy a legitimate home-field advantage.
4. Phil. A deserved victory lap for the U.S.’s team leader. If he can bring the same intensity to Korea that he does to his Tuesday money games, no way the Americans can lose.
5. Hunter Mahan. After jumping from 91st to 52nd on the strength of a T4 in Boston, he is *still* the only guy to have played in every FedEx Cup event. Let’s raise a glass of almond milk to celebrate this numbing consistency.
1. Henrik. How do we know golf is mostly a mental challenge? Because this awesome physical talent so rarely wins.
2. Marc Leishman. He was one of four players inside the top 70 of the Cup standings at the start of the last week who got bounced after middling play in Boston. Why pick on Leishman? I think you know.
3. Ben An. It woulda been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in the Prez Cup in his native Korea but he didn’t get the nod from Capt. Price. In fairness, no one can compete with Bowditch’s eyebrows.
4. Jordan. That’s okay, Ben Hogan never won a FedEx Cup, either.
5. The Evian. It’s a great tournament in a gorgeous place, but all this 5th major talk is bunk. And all the p.r. releases and press conference platitudes won’t change my mind.