Bubba Watson, Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy in Heroes & Zeros

February 22, 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. Bubba. All you need to know about this guy’s talent is that in less than four years he has won twice at Augusta National and twice at Riviera. That’s big-time.

2. Ex-WAGS. Lindsey and Caroline in bodypaint? All we needed was Ana Ivanovic and golf would have a new Big Three.

3. Riviera. There’s not a more artful, beautiful track on Tour, and the all-star leaderboard was further confirmation that Hogan’s Alley remains a timeless test.

4. Marcus Fraser. Dude bunts it only 270 yards off the tee but he just won his third Euro tour title thanks to one of the deadliest putters in the game. And biggest hearts.

5. Adam Scott. His rousing birdie-birdie finish was great theater, particularly the chip-in on the 72nd hole, and there were long stretches when he looked quite comfortable with a short putter. Is this the year he finally becomes the player we all want him to be?


1. Adam Scott. Of course, his closing heroics were preceded bogies on 14 and 15 that torpedoed his chance at victory. These last five holes were Scott’s entire confounding career in a nutshell.

2. Rory. Usually he saves this kind of a 9-hole meltdown for Augusta.

3. Camilo Villegas. He torched Riv with an opening 63…and still somehow finished 37th. Is it too late for him to sign up for the Tour de France?

4. Jordan. We haven’t reached DEFCON 5 quite yet but it’s certainly troubling to see the world number one so out of sorts with Masters now on the horizon. Spieth oughta take the next month off, play one tune-up and then roar into Augusta refreshed and refocused.

5. Tweedy British gents. First they had to let women into the R & A, then the all-boys golf clubs were forced to join the 1970s, and now the Royal & Ancient is merging with the Ladies Golf Union. These poor guys, there’s nowhere left for them to hide!