1. Bubba Golf. I didn’t realize how much I missed watching this guy play until he carved up Riv to the tune of 64-64 on the weekend to break a winless drought of nearly two years. Love him or hate him, golf is undeniably more fun when Watson is on the leaderboard.
2. Kate Aiken. She caddied for hubby Thomas as he won in his native South Africa for the first time. It wasn’t a fair fight, given how distracted his playing partners must’ve been.
3. Jason Allred. In his first Tour event since 2008, this amiable journeyman recorded his first career top-10 (T3) and made more jing ($388K) than in his previous 57 starts…combined. His ear-to-ear grin coming up 18 said it all.
4. Karrie Webb. A triumph at her national championship makes it 40 career victories for this ageless talent. Put it this way: more than five years ago her old rival Annika retired and yet here Webb is, still kicking butt. Inspirational.
5. Dustin. Another week, another 2nd place finish on a transcendent track for DJ. The ceiling for this guy has always been really high. What’s impressive is how much he’s raised his floor.
1. Will McGirt. The unlikely 54-hole leader at Riv put up a messy 73 to fall to sixth place. Too bad Brad Bryant already owns the nickname Dr. Dirt.
2. Bernie Langer. The ultimate driving machine from Germany bogeyed the final hole in Naples, finishing a shot back of Kirk Triplett. Langer was so devastated his eyebrow twitched for a split second.
3. Rickie Fowler. A second round 76 at Riv sent Fowler to his third straight missed cut. Worse, he got lotsa attention for a new haircut and the nutty flipped-bill on his cap. I can’t wait till we can talk about nothing but this guy’s golf. That’s gonna happen someday…right?
4. Augusta National’s ice storm. It wasn’t severe enough — I would’ve liked to see it wipe out the trees down the right sides of 11, 13 and 15.
5. Jimmy Walker. With a closing 73 he skidded from 6th place to 20th. Dude’s now in a serious slump.