1. The Stense. Yeah, he looks like a cyborg, but beneath those muscles and sunglasses is a very sensitive dude, and all the near misses of this summer had taken a toll. It’s great to see Stenson finish off a victory and reaffirm his standing as one of the game’s elite players.
2. Suzann Pettersen. Yeah, she looks like a cyborg, but beneath those muscles and one of golf’s great game-faces is a very frail competitive psyche, and all of her near misses this season had taken a toll. So all Pettersen did at the Safeway was make 24 birdies and an eagle en route to victory. Most tellingly, she shook off a double bogey on the second hole of the final round and never made another mistake.
3. J-Spi. How exciting is this kid? If Fred Couples doesn’t pick Spieth for the Presidents Cup team — and it sounds like he’s not going to — he should be impeached as captain.
4. Sam Woods. OK, we can all admit it’s cheesy when Tiger’s agent and girlfriend and mom wear red and black on Sunday. But on his daughter? That little pixie was just too cute.
5. Zach Johnson. In a Sunday dogfight with playing partner Webb Simpson for the final Presidents Cup spot, Johnson birdied two of the final four holes for a rousing 66 to make the team. Onions.
1. Simpson. Did we mention that Webb bogeyed two of the final four holes? I say give him two years to think about his transgressions.
2. Sergio Garcia. You know what’s really sad? Not that Garcia kicked away the 54-hole lead in Boston but rather that not a single person on the planet was the least bit surprised.
3. Ryan Palmer. In a furious battle of algorithms, he finished 71st in the FedEx Cup standings by the slimmest of margins, ending his season. Missing the cut in Boston was the death knell.
4. Yani Tseng. After her 11-birdie (!) 63 on Saturday to storm into the lead, there was a lot of talk that she was finally back. After her six-bogey, one-double 78 on Sunday, it’s clear that was merely wishful thinking.
5. Trevor Immelman. The former Masters champ won the Web.com Hotel Fitness Championship. Which means he played in the Web.com Hotel Fitness Championship.