This week’s heroes? Reed, Renwick, and Puma seamstresses. Zeros? Phil and Rory

January 20, 2014


1. Patrick Reed. To win twice by age 23 is impressive. To blow away the field like he did at the Hope speaks to serious game. Can't wait to watch this kid going forward.

2. Dave Renwick. The veteran caddie alerted Rory McIlroy to his rules violation in Abu Dhabi. Not only was Renwick protecting the field but he could have saved Rory from being DQ'd if the violation had come to light after McIlroy signed his scorecard. Takes cojones to make the call but the salty Renwick never flinched.

3. Puma seamstresses. Apparently they chose to ration fabric when it came time to make Holly Sonders' outfits for the Hope. And for that we thank them.

4. Bernie Langer. He's as ageless as the dead guy in that eponymous movie.

5. Chambers Bay. Next year's U.S. Open venue made a high-profile cameo during the NFC Championship game. To paraphrase Hunter Mahan's tweet, the place looks legit!


1. Phil. He barely makes the cut, drops a 63 on Saturday to roar into contention, makes a slapstick right-handed triple bogey to kick away the lead and then birdies three of the last five holes to nearly steal the victory. Basically, it's his entire career distilled into one tournament. But the triple was gruesome.

2. Rory. Nice start to the year, I 'spose, but moral victories don't cut it for this two-time major champion. He had a chance to score an important win but the kid's putter went ice-cold on the back nine.

3. Ken Duke. Nothing wrong with a little celebration after an ace, but we can't endorse squealing like a teenage girl at a Bieber concert.

4. David Duval. Way back when, he played one of the greatest rounds in golf history at the Hope. This year he couldn't get a sponsor's exemption to the event. It's looking more and more like this is the end of the line for this proud champion.

5. Richard Sherman. I just remembered how miffed I am that he got the cover of SI the week Phil won the Open.