Each week, Sports Illustrated senior writer Alan Shipnuck riffs on the top headlines in golf.
Was it Freud who said sometimes a 3-iron is just a 3-iron? Anyway, you know it was a wacky week in golf when the most exciting thing that happened involved a SCUBA diver. Or that the press was forced to parse the non-denial denials of the new champion. In the end, Dustin Johnson’s victory was a satisfying finish to an otherwise lackluster tournament. It was also a vindication for those who believe in his awesome talent. And second chances.
1. Paulina. Just because.
2. Arnie. Bay Hill is our annual chance to celebrate the King, and it’s even more urgent this year given Palmer’s age. Try to catch one of the replays of Golf Channel’s “Arnie” to be reminded of what a badass this guy was.
3. Inbee Park. In Singapore not only did Queen ‘Bee crush her two biggest rivals — Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis — but she went 72 holes without a single bogey. Mind. Blown.
4. Adam Scott. Nice little debut for a new dad with an old putter. People seem to have forgotten how good this guy is. Hopefully, he’ll keep reminding all of us.
5. Rory. He pretty much played rubbish … and still finished tied for 9th on a very exacting course.
1. Rory. Simply put, chucking a club into a lake is unbecoming of the World No. 1. However, those who have said Tiger would’ve been treated differently for the same misdeed are missing the point — Rory got a pass from a lot of people precisely because this kind of behavior is so rare from him.
2. Yani Tseng. She flashed some old form with an opening 65 to grab the first-round lead but the ensuing 75 was a confidence-destroyer. Tseng used to elicit comparisons to Annika Sorenstam but now it’s more like David Duval — a onetime No. 1 whose run ended way too abruptly.
3. The Blue Monster. The Donald wanted a macho golf course, but instead he got one that is unimaginative, one-dimensional, overly penal and, worst of all, boring. I’d rather watch an entire season of “The Apprentice” reruns than another slog around this goat-track.
4. J.B. Holmes. He was in control of this tournament until a fatal front-nine 39 on Sunday, thus proving yet again that power doesn’t mean much without precision.
5. The WGCs. Doral has turned into a snooze, the Match Play is adrift, and Firestone is among the most boring tournament courses in the world. Who would have guessed that China in November would be the best of the bunch?