1. Golf fans. From top-to-bottom, this may be the best week of the year: the Women’s British, a WGC, old guys getting abused at the U.S. Open and even some drama in Reno, as we await what mischief Ms. Wie will find. How did golf fans ever do it before DVRs existed?
2. Amanda Henrichs. Her fiance, Chez Reavie, shocked the world — okay, just Canada — with a breakthrough victory. I’m guessing the honeymoon plans have already been upgraded.
3. The Bridgestone Invitational. Like death, taxes, and Bobby Clampett spouting tired cliches, you can always count on Tiger winning at Firestone. But suddenly this week’s tournament is a lot more wide open and more interesting. At least in theory.
4. Helen Alfredsson. One of the liveliest personalities in golf overcame the yips to score an unexpected triumph in the Alps. Good gals finish first, occasionally.
5. Phil’s legs. Seriously. Nothing gets me hotter than black shorts and white ankle socks showing off varicose veins.
1. Carolyn Bivens. The LPGA commish has weathered various storms, but the news that the big-money Ginn Tribute is kaput as of next year is extremely ominous and could be the beginning of an exodus of a handful of tournament sponsors. If the Biv can salvage a schedule in this economic climate she may earn the game’s most coveted adjective: Finchemesque.
2. PGA Championship. No Tiger, it’s no longer the culmination of the U.S. Ryder Cup team selection process, and now Greg Norman has turned down a special invite to play. I mean, who wouldn’t want to spend a sweltering week in lovely Detroit?
3.Anthony Kim. His ugly final-round 75 in Canada cost him a shot at his third victory of the year. A few months ago a tie for eighth would have looked good on his resume, but our collective disappointment is a measure of how out of control the expectations have gotten for this mega-talent.
4. Jim Weathers. Trying to storm the green to douse Reavie in champagne, the buffed, tattooed physio got jacked up by one of Ontario’s finest. And I thought the volunteer marshals at Tour events were overzealous!
5. The Guilianis. Rudy’s presidential bid remains an enduring joke, and now his son Andrew has been booted off the Duke golf team. With typical pugnacity, Andy is suing the school, making this the litigious equivalent of the Iran-Iraq war — you naturally root against both sides.