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. The guy shot 25-under on a working vacation. His talent level is simply frightening.
2. Sergio. Despite a double bogey on the 71st hole he got his first win in two years in Viet Nam, at something called the Ho Tram Open. And I thought he had retired!
3. Cheyenne Woods. At golf’s most pressure-packed event, Q School, she birdied five of the final six holes to secure an LPGA card for 2016. At least we’ll have one member of the family tree playing tournament golf next year.
4. Harold Varner III. This charismatic kid is a breath of fresh air for professional golf, and a T2 at the Australian Masters should be a stepping stone to bigger things.
5. Tiger. The World Challenge is an annual reminder of all the good work his foundation does, and his soul-baring press conference was a welcome glimpse of humanity. I know Woods has always had a siege mentality, but maybe he’s finally learning that people want to like him and root for him, he just needs to be a little more real about who he is.
1. Bubba. One word: Muuuuudballllll!
2. Albany Golf Club. You hold a tournament in the Bahamas, it would be nice to get a glimpse of the ocean. Instead, the tournament was marooned at a boring, artificial track in the middle of a real estate development.
3. Joe Buck. In a recent survey of TV fans, he was the runaway winner as their least favorite. The only consolation was that he didn’t quite threaten Brent Musburger’s course record.
4. Tim Finchem. The Tour was hoping to get the caddie lawsuit thrown out but instead the judge wants more info on sponsorship dollars. Ruh roh.
5. Marc Leishman. He romped to his first Euro Tour victory at Sun City but honestly it was kind of a letdown.