Bryson DeChambeau and Minjee Lee Headline Heroes and Zeros

April 18, 2016

Sports Illustrated’s Alan Shipnuck breaks down the good and bad — and sometimes even the ugly — of the weekend that was in professional golf. More often than not, someone blew a lead, another player stormed onto the scene and a few others provided us unforgettable moments, for whatever reason. Who is a hero and who is a zero? Find out below, but make sure to check back next week. You never know who will show up.


1. Bryson. The world’s most interesting golfer lived up to the hype with a week of spectacular ballstriking in his pro debut. In the summer of ’13 DeChambeau won a couple of big amateur events putting face-on/sidesaddle. He’s convinced it’s a superior method and told me that as soon as he locks up his Tour card he’s going to employ that method full-time. Oh, boy.


2. Minjee Lee. The 19-year-old Aussie shot a final round 64 for her second victory of the year. Look out Lydia, you’re no longer the only phenom from the antipodes.


3. South Africans. Branden Grace prevailed in Hilton Head but perhaps more impressive was Ernie Els’s back-from-the-dead 14th place finish. Gritty bunch, these springboks.


4. Boozers. Andrew (Beef) Johnston promised to celebrate his maiden Euro tour victory by getting “hammered” and Rickie Fowler lit up social media by shotgunning a beer on-stage at a Dierks Bentley concert. These guys are good.


5. Brooke Henderson. That’s seven consecutive top-10s and counting for Canada’s sweetheart. No wins, but that’s gonna happen any day now.



1. Josh Pastner. The Georgia Tech hoops coach said he won’t hire any assistant coaches who are golfers, because it takes away from their focus on work. Worse, he used ‘golf’ as a verb. Who would let their son play for such a monster?


2. Dawie van der Walt. Only Ian Baker-Finch, David Duval and a couple others can truly comprehend the hell that Mike Weir is going through. If the proud, gracious Weir thinks he can play his way out of this slump he has earned the right to try, without a rookie like van der Walt taking shots at him on social media. 


3. Being in the fairway but blocked by trees. After watching last week’s golf at Hilton Head and Valderrama, I have developed a full-blown case of claustrophobia. 


4. Sergio Garcia. The host of the Open de Espana had a chance to pull off a thrilling win but, naturally, bogeyed the 72nd hole to fall short. Once celebrated for his duende, Sergio now looks utterly lost on Sundays.


5. Camillo Villegas. His ball wound up in a pile of pine needles – loose impediments if ever such a thing existed – and he had a full-blown hissy fit over not getting a free drop, even as two rules official and a playing partner properly agreed the ball was not embedded. On the bright side, those two minutes on the telecast was more riveting than any of the actual golf action.