This week's heroes? G-Mac, Pettersen and the Gulbis Twitter feed. Zeros? Hoffman, Mahan and the Spanish Open

This week’s heroes? G-Mac, Pettersen and the Gulbis Twitter feed. Zeros? Hoffman, Mahan and the Spanish Open

As evidenced by her win in Hawaii, Suzann Pettersen is getting her groove back.
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1. G-Mac. He just moved into his dream house, opened a new tavern and got engaged. What's been missing? Oh yeah, a victory. Now that his three-year drought is over expect the suddenly settled U.S. Open champ to return to the front ranks of the game.

2. Bernhard Langer. This season, weekends at Bernie's have meant dominating the Senior tour; his latest victory is his second of the year and fifth top-three finish in six starts. Behind Billy Casper, is Langer the second most-underrated player of all-time?

3. Suzann Pettersen. She's always been the LPGA's most awesome physical talent, but at 32 the enigmatic Pettersen appears to finally be learning how to grind out victories. Look out, LPGA.

4. Natalie Gulbis's Twitter feed. She's elevated the bikini'd self-portrait to fine art. The most recent example is reason enough for the tour to add a couple more events in Hawaii.

5. Wind. Nothing adds intrigue to tournament golf like strong zephyrs. It was utterly fascinating to watch the pros maneuver their ball around Harbour Town, a short track with little rough that, in the breeze, gave the best players in the world more than they could handle.


1. Spanish Open. In an epically redundant playoff, Raphael Jacquelin and Maximillian Kieffer played the 18th hole at El Saler nine straight times until Jacquelin finally prevailed. Forget Renton, we needed Rod Serling to call this one.

2. Lizette Salas. I like this long-hitting 23-year-old's pluck, and it's hard to fault a gal after she shoots a 62 to force a playoff, but Salas expired in sudden death by chunking an approach shot into the water. Unlike the boys in Spain, at least she had the decency to do it on the first extra hole.

3. Charley Hoffman. The 54-hole leader in Hilton Head blew up on Sunday and then got slammed in a Twitter rant by veteran caddie Kip Henley. On the bright side, Billy Ray Cyrus has not yet called to ask for his haircut back.

4. Peter Uihlein. I love that this kid is honing his game around the world, but his 36-hole lead in Spain was wasted with a 74-73 weekend to skid to eighth place. One thing you can be sure of: he didn't blame his equipment.

5. Hunter Mahan. In his last eight rounds he's shot 74 or worse six times, including an 82 in Augusta and 78 at Hilton Head. Can we blame Hank Haney?

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