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. Fabian Gomez. Man, the PGA Tour is deep! Seems like every week some guy you’ve barely heard of does something heroic. In the case of Gomez — a 37 year-old Argentine journeyman — that was seven straight birdies on Sunday, an outrageous 30-footer on the 72nd hole and then a steely triumph in sudden death.
2. Zac Blair. How fun is this guy to watch? Happy feet, active tongue, and the best early-call in a long while, from the fairway of the 72nd hole: “Oh my gosh, that is so good.” Woulda been a better look if he’d made the ensuing putt, though.
3. Joe Buck. Apparently, he’s fire-proof. Time to dust off a vintage caddie nickname and start calling him Asbestos.
4. Brandt Snedeker. He didn’t get it done in the playoff, but it’s great fun to have him back in the hunt. If you like scrappy guys with great hair who play fast, Sneds is your guy.
5. Haydn Porteous. Stellar first win at the Joburg Open for this talented 21 year-old South African. My deepest wish is that some day he’s paired with Bernd Wiesberger.
1. Eurasian Cup. There was a lot of talk about how this exhibition would be a good simulation of Ryder Cup pressure for the European squad, but after seeing the empty grandstands circling the first tee and the meek efforts of the Asian team I’m thinking the only real preparation was finalizing the win list for Hazeltine.
2. Open qualifying. Yes, two more jabronis qualified for the game’s oldest major championship…by failing to win a mediocre tournament in South Africa. Why don’t they just use the PowerBall to determine who gets in?
3. Lorena Ochoa. She just had her third baby and is blissfully happy in retirement, taking care of her family and doing many fine charitable works throughout Mexico. But what about us?
4. Kevin Kisner. The master of the near-miss did it again at the Sony, finishing T5 due to two double bogeys over the final 10 holes. I’m guessing he loves hot chocolate, because coffee is for closers.
5. Greg Norman. It’s a huge blow to his ego to be ousted at Fox after only one year. On the bright side, thanks to Jamie Donaldson, he’s no longer the only golfer who comes up when you google ‘stupid golfer chainsaw.’