1. Adam Scott. He thrilled the home folks with a win at the Australian PGA, along the way bolstering his Player of the Year cause. Only one question: which year does it count toward?
2. The Turkish Open. For a brand new tournament, it created a lot of buzz with an exotic locale, strong leaderboard and, of course, Tiger. It must just kill the McGladreys of the world that they can’t pay Woods to show up.
3. Chris Kirk. Hey, I kinda like the club-slamming. It certainly made this victory memorable. If Kirk can learn to further harness that, uh, passion, he won’t have to wait so long to earn another W.
4. Teresa Lu. After eight years of toil, she finally earned her first LPGA win, in Japan. That she did it by firing a 64 on Sunday — the low round of the week — makes it all the sweeter.
5. Seminole Golf Club. The ultra-exclusive Florida club will open its doors for the 2021 Walker Cup. I hope the folks at Cypress Point and Pine Valley are paying attention.
1. Briny Baird. Ooof, that was ugly. Even by his standards.
2. Peter Dawson. The R&A godfather is once again overseeing another kneecapping of the Old Course. Hey Petey, here’s a thought: if you had been doing your job all along, driving distance for pros wouldn’t be so out-of-control, and we wouldn’t have to mess with golf’s most important course.
3. Bob Hope. Whatever was left of his legacy at the Palm Springs Tour stop is officially kaput now that Southern California native Phil Mickelson, in an effort to cut back his wear and tear, is jilting the Hope in favor of playing in Abu Dhabi.
4. Sneds. He injured himself hopping off a Segway. This will do nothing to bolster golfers’ claims that they are real athletes.
5. Brittany Lincicome. Known as Bam-Bam, the long-hitting Lincicome went’ Pffft-Pfffft during a disastrous final round in Japan. Well, at least she is the best fisherman on the LPGA tour.