Heroes and Zeros: Hurley Gets Win, Els Collapses at Quicken Loans

June 27, 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. Billy Hurley III. What an emotional win for the officer and (golfing) gentleman. Vaughn Taylor, Jim Herman, Hurley … you can’t make this stuff up.

2. Lydia Ko. Ho hum, another win, this one the 13th of her career. By way of perspective, here are some old guys you’ve heard of who won 13 tournaments in their very long careers: George Archer, Mark Calcavecchia, David Duval, Craig Stadler, David Toms.

3. The Stense. As pure as this guy hits it, three years between victories? Tells you how mental this game is. But now that Stenson has won again, at the BMW International Open, here’s hoping he can go on a sustained run.

4. Jon Rahm. What a pro debut for the titanium-denting kid from Spain. I can’t wait to watch him bash his way around Troon, an invite he locked up with the strong showing at Congo.

5. Tiger. You know what? I miss the guy. It was nice to see him in his Sunday red, even if it was only in the TV tower.


1. Tim Finchem. Golfers are dropping like dead mosquitoes when it comes to the Olympics and now, suddenly, Vijay Singh is back on the scene. Time to reach for the gold-flaked Rolaids.

2. Morgan Pressel. She was in position for her first victory in eight long years but made four consecutive bogeys on the back nine, ultimately coming up threes shots short. There’s not a nicer person in golf than Pressel. Is she too nice?

3.  Ernie Els. It’s fun to see him in contention again but a Hall of Famer simply can’t make four bogeys and a double in the first 13 holes on Sunday.

4.  Muirfield. Having lost the Open those old boys are suddenly having second thoughts and have decided to hold another vote on their no-girls-allowed membership policy. Could they be any more craven? Go away, gents.

5.  The Donald. Really, a lighthouse at Turnberry’s *halfway house*?