Jason Day and Lydia Ko Headline This Week’s Heroes & Zeros

March 28, 2016


1. Jason Day. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

2. Lydia Ko. Some perspective: Ms. Ko’s 11th career win on the LPGA tour came in her 71st start, when she was 18 years old, 11 months; Tiger Woods’s 11th career win on the PGA Tour came in his 67th start, when he was 23 years old, 5 months.

3. Tony Finau. This likeable underdog broke through at the Puerto Rico Open after a lifetime of striving. Given Finau’s awesome athleticism, this should be just the beginning.

4. Austin, Texas. The lively atmosphere at the Match Play was much appreciated after the mausoleum that was Dove Mountain.

5. Jay Monahan. Just when it seemed like Tim Finchem was going to pull a Clifford Roberts and make himself czar for life, the PGA Tour commissioner announced he will step aside and make room for his boyish heir apparent. With the Tour on such solid footing the new Commish has only one mandate: don’t screw it up!


1. Ian Poulter. He was first alternate at the Match Play but wound up in Puerto Rico instead, where he led after 54 holes but came up one shot short, finishing the final round with 13 straight agonizing pars. The Brits have an expression for this: Nearly Man.

2. Phil Mickelson. No shame in going 2-1 at the Match Play, but giving Patrick Reed one more reason to be cocky is not what anybody wanted to see.

3. Minjee Lee. She made an ace on a par-4 at a tournament sponsored by a car company and all she won was a lousy tablet computer. This qualifies for the First-World Problems Hall of Fame.

4. The Match Play consolation match. Rafa Cabrera-Bello played some of the worst golf I’ve ever had the displeasure of witnessing in losing his semifinal match to King Louis, and yet he rolled Rory because McIlroy was so utterly apathetic. Why on earth do they make all of us suffer through this sham?

5. The Houston Open. Coming off the excitement of the Match Play, with all of us in a tizzy of anticipation for the Masters, this tournament feels like the consolation match … for four straight days.