1. Anthony Kim. The dude’s game is as glittering as his belt buckles. The second coming of Tiger stuff is a bit much, but it’s going to be a blast watching Kim’s birdie barrages at the Ryder Cup.
2. Koreans. AK was born in Los Angeles to South Korean immigrants, and seven of the top 10 at last week’s LPGA event were of Korean descent. It’s mind-boggling that a small country half a world away has completely changed the face of the LPGA in less than a generation.
3. Phil Mickelson. This guy makes Gordon Gekko look like a penny-pincher: Phil just took delivery of a new Gulfstream G-V, and, having outgrown his spread in Rancho Santa Fe, he has listed it for eight figures. The one thing money can’t buy? A claret jug.
4. El Gato. One of the Hot List’s favorite players, Eduardo Romero, came through with a clutch Sunday performance for his second senior victory. Somewhere his pal Angel Cabrera is raising a toast. Of course, Cabrera does that pretty much every day …
5. Sergio Garcia. Ross Fisher won the European Open, but Sergio finished second to affirm his standing as the favorite heading into the Open Championship. On Sunday, Garcia took only 21 putts, calling it the best putting round of his life. If he rolls his rock like that at Royal Birkdale, it could be a rout.
1. Trips to the doctor. That’s when I’d catch up on my “Golf for Women” reading, but those days are numbered: Conde’ Nast is shuttering this glossy mag due to dwindling ad revenue. Now how am I gonna find out which lip balm Cristie Kerr favors?
2. Kenny Perry. This week’s John Deere is providing a chartered 767 pimped out with nothing but first-class seating to ferry players to Birkdale for the Open, but Perry still won’t make the trip. I understood, sort of, his not wanting to subject his old, soft body to a 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier, but he is exempt into the British! American golf hasn’t looked this lame since Chip Beck laid up at the 1993 Masters.
3. Joey Sindelar. He came to the 18th hole with a shot at catching Romero but instead went tree to tree to corporate tent to gnarly rough en route to a very expensive double bogey. He did, however, refrain from declaring himself such an idiot.
4. Jamie Lovemark. Last year the USC undergrad was BMOC, but he’s been in an inexplicable slump of late, going MIA at the NCAAs and then on Sunday blowing a three-foot putt to lose in the championship match at the North & South Amateur. It doesn’t make up for losing Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, but it’s something for UCLA fans to smile about.
5. The Nationwide tour. This week it offers its first-ever $1 million purse. Shouldn’t this developmental tour be encouraging players to move on, not stick around and make lots of dough?