1. Tiger Woods. We’re going to name him No. 1 emeritus and clear the way for someone else to occasionally occupy this top spot.
2. Morgan Pressel. The Danny Ainge of women’s golf took down Annika on her home turf in the most intense of the Solheim Cup’s singles matches. If she’s on your team you love her. If not …
3. Zach Johnson. He didn’t quite pull off the Georgia triple, but a smooth 60 and runner up at the Tour Championship was a nice way to cap a breakthrough year. I’m looking forward to seeing what this scrapper does at the Presidents Cup.
4. Juli Inkster. The ageless warrior went 2-0-2 at the Solheim Cup, finishing second to Paula Creamer in points earned. Inkster will make a great captain someday, but hopefully not too soon, as she’s still far too valuable as a player.
5. Golf fans everywhere. Yes, the FedEx Cup came off better than expected, but thank gawd we won’t have to hear about it again for a good-long while.
1. The Solheim Cup. As usual the U.S. team made a spirited showing, but few saw it in the middle of the night and early morning on the Golf Channel. Most of the headlines were about the bad weather and Dottie Pepper’s big mouth, which is still better than the fallout after every Ryder Cup, when the only story is that the Americans are choking freakin’ dogs.
2. Adam Scott. I’ve heard of guys throwing in the towel, but this was ridiculous. During the final round of the Tour Championship, on the easiest course in memory, Scott made six bogeys, one double and no birdies en route to a 78, the worst score of the day by three shots. On the bright side, he still leads the league in gallery babeage.
3. Sophie Gustafson. Long one of the European team’s cornerstones, she didn’t sniff a win in four Solheim matches, despite the pleas of her countrywomen.
4. Phil Mickelson. The Tour Championship could’ve been a lot more exciting if he had played the BMW and piled up a bunch of points, thereby making Tiger work for his $10 million. But no one ever accused Phil of being a team player.
5. Michelle Wie. With the fall semester about to begin, Wie was spotted making her first trip around the Stanford golf course. Unfortunately, so were her ubiquitous parents, who followed along in a golf cart.