1. Rory Sabbatini. Golf’s brashest, ballsiest personality finally backed it all up with a stellar weekend at Colonial. Things sure are a lot more fun with Sabbatini around, no?
2. Anders Hansen. He’s been overshadowed by his close friend Henrik Stenson, but Hansen, the brooding prince of Danish golf, took the Euro tour’s flagship event with a bulletproof final round and an outrageously clutch 25-footer on the first hole of sudden death. As a reward he gets to shoot 79-79 at the U.S. Open, as the win earned him a spot in the field.
3. Denis Watson. There are only a couple of Champions tour events that matter, and Watson nabbed one of them at the Senior PGA for his first win in the U.S. since 1984. Considering all the operations — eight or nine, he’s lost count — and heartbreak in between, this was the rare Senior victory with real meaning.
4. Oakmont. Yeah, it’ll be a good Open venue, but a vestige of its past — furrowed bunkers — will be on display at this week’s Memorial, making for devilish fun as the pros struggle to master (and bitch endlessly about) this old-school form of punishment.
5. Bernhard Langer. It was a treat to watch the ageless Langer maneuver his way around a tactical golf course like Colonial. When this ultimate driving machine from Germany turns 50, in August, Brad Bryant and his ilk are in for a reality check.
1. Argentines. Eduardo Romero gagged at the Senior PGA and Angel Cabrera self-immolated at Wentworth. Plus Brazil has hotter women.
2. Jim Furyk. After getting dusted in sudden death at Colonial, Furyk’s all-time playoff record on the PGA Tour is a sickly 2-7. Turn that around and his credentials are good enough to merit consideration for the Hall of Fame.
3. Paula Creamer. Still trying to graduate from talented tease to undisputed superstar, Creamer blew a golden chance at victory with two back-nine bogeys at the Corning Classic. And, frankly, when it comes to pink accessories I prefer Bubba Watson’s driver shaft to even the shortest of Creamer’s skirts.
4. George O’Grady. The big boss of the Euro tour told reporters he thinks Tiger Woods will someday play in the Dunhill Links. Sure, because why wouldn’t Tiger want to fly halfway around the world to suffer through a five and a half hour round in miserable October weather alongside amateur putzesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦for no appearance fee? He’ll name his first-born son Phil before that happens.
5. Ross Fisher and Paul Broadhurst. Playing together in the final group at the BMW Championship, the lads shot 84 and 80, respectively. But at least O’Grady can be sure they’ll turn up for the Dunhill.