This week's heroes? G-Mac and Tom Watson. Zeros? Spieth, Daly, Harvard dudes

Tom Watson
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Tom Watson shot a final-round 67 at the Greenbrier Classic.

HEROES

1. Mother Nature. We've finally found the cure for slow play on Tour -- tee 'em off around dinner time! Thanks to a looong weather delay at the Greenbrier the final group didn't peg it until 5:10 ... and finished barely three-and-a-half hours later.

2. G-Mac. Folks, we now have our British Open favorite. McDowell grew up playing links golf, hits it about head-high and has now won three of his last eight starts -- if he can avoid any freakish squalls, this is his Open to lose.

3. Jonas Blixt. He's mainly been known for having a great name, flashy shoes and a hot sister, but it turns out this Blixt character has a ton of game. Here's hoping he continues his upwardly mobile career ... and not just for the crowd shots of said sister.

4. Tom Watson. Is it possible to be considered one of the greatest players ever and still be underrated? What Watson continues to do is mind-boggling: at 63, he hung up a closing 67 at Greenbrier, a round bettered by only one player on Sunday. I expect Watson to shoot his age any day now at a big-time event.

5. Jimmy Walker. The top-10 machine racked up another high finish at the Greenbrier to punch his ticket to his first British Open. Plus, he has the coolest hobby on Tour: taking breathtakingly beautiful astronomical photos.

ZEROS

1. Harvard dudes. Natalie Gulbis is engaged to a bro from Yale. Sigh.

2. Jordan Speith. The precocious rookie was in position to win at Greenbrier and then went out and shot a birdie-less 73 to tumble down the leaderboard. It's not as easy as you've been making it look, kid.

3. John Daly. After tearing a tendon in his elbow, Long John is facing surgery and yet another twist in the white-trash soap opera that is his life. But don't worry, he'll be back -- after the nuclear winter the only surviving organisms on this earth will be cockroaches and John Daly.

4. Justin Leonard. On Sunday he suffered an 82 on one of the PGA Tour's easiest courses, lowlighted by a 10 on the 16th hole. After this DFL finish it might be time to retire the J-Low moniker forever.

5. Castle Stuart. One of my favorite courses hosts the Scottish Open this week ... probably for the last time. Apparently this wildly entertaining, endlessly interesting layout with jaw-dropping views is not to the liking of the robots who play professionally. That says more about them than the course, but still, it's a sad state of affairs for those of us who get up early to watch this ancient golf tournament.

 

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