In Gee Chun and Francesco Molinari Headline Heroes and Zeros

September 19, 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. In Gee Chun. With Inbee Park’s thumb injury and stated desire to start a family, it may be time to hail In Gee as the new queen of Korean women’s golf, which automatically makes her one of the most important people in the sport.

2. Paul Broadhurst. It doesn’t get any more macho than winning at Carnoustie and Pebble Beach in the span of a few months. What a great late-career surge for the quintessential grinder from England.

3. Frankie Molinari. It doesn’t get any sweeter than winning your national open, and Molinari has now done it twice. Cin cin!

4. Nacho Elvira. He finished T3 in Italy, which is swell, but really I just wanted to type his name.

5. The First Tee Open. This Champions tour stop has become one of golf’s most charming events, showcasing a firm, fast Pebble in its glorious Indian summer and every year introducing a new crop of appealing and inspiring First Tee kids.


1. The Tour Championship. Other than the pseudo-drama over the final Ryder Cup captain’s pick is there any reason to tune in? Flipping the nines at East Lake is a concession that the most boring finish on Tour wasn’t working, but the new routing can’t save an otherwise somnolent event.

2. Annika. The European captain has vowed to bring less drama to the Solheim Cup. But that’s why we tune in!

3. AK. I guess random charity events is the only time we’re ever gonna see golf’s Yeti teeing it up.

4. Rory Sabbatini. Fighting to get back to the big-time, the six-time PGA Tour winner went 65-75 to miss the cut at the Tour Finals stop in Boise. Somewhere, Ben Crane is smiling. Tiger, too. And Sean O’Hair.

5. The value of par. All credit to In Gee, but another major, another broken scoring record. I’ve got nothing against birdies but we’re getting to the point where 25 under is going to win majors. Maybe I’m a dinosaur, but I remember when the game was kind of challenging for the pros.