Hot? Little guys, Colonial and Corey Pavin. Not? Couples, Phil, Shipnuck.

Hot? Little guys, Colonial and Corey Pavin. Not? Couples, Phil, Shipnuck.

Zach Johnson won his seventh PGA Tour title on Sunday.
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1. Little guys. Zach Johnson and Luke Donald both prevailed with ball control and guile. Have the new grooves ended the Bomb & Gauge era, or was this just an aberration?

2. Coore/Crenshaw. Their subtle, thought-provoking designs have always entranced the purists among recreational golfers but at Colorado Golf Club, site of the Senior PGA, the celebrated architects proved they can create a canvas for thrilling tournament golf. After I win the PowerBall these guys are going to be my first phone call.

3. The Memorial. Tiger, Phil and Jack is a pretty macho trio. Even in Gore-Tex.

4. Meaghan Francella. The ebullient New Yorker won the LPGA Brazil Cup in a taut six-hole playoff. And, knowing what I know about Francella, I’m sure the celebration rivaled Carnival.

5. Corey Pavin. It took some stones for the Ryder Cup captain to blow off the Senior PGA but Pavin obviously knew what he was doing with a strong 7th at Colonial. He said he loves the tournament but it’s also a business decision: Pavin earned $199,950, which was more than second place money at the Senior PGA.


1. Fred Couples. He continued his disconcerting tendency to falter in the biggest events, making a mess of sudden death at the Senior PGA. Another strike against: Freddie refused to talk to reporters on both Saturday and Sunday. I thought everyone on the Champions tour was supposed to be a grownup.

2. Colonial. Deemed obsolete by Tiger Woods years ago, the course was at least known as a stiff test … until this week’s record scores. Good thing Hogan wasn’t around to see this.

3. Alvaro Quiros. He was in prime position to win in his home country again but blew up with a final round 74, skidding to 10th place. On the bright side, he still has the best eyebrows in golf.

4. Phil. He laid an egg at the Colonial, not only blowing a chance to take over number one in the world ranking but also missing the Pink Out that his family inspired. He may be the best player in the world but he’s still Phil, which means you never know what you’re gonna get.

5. Shipnuck. Perennial Hot List whipping boy Luke Donald eagled the 70th hole in Madrid to win his first tourney since 2006. Who am I gonna pick on now?

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