1. Lorena Ochoa On the verge of another lost Sunday, she eagled the 71st hole and then won a playoff for the first time in her career. Now she heads to the U.S. Women’s Open hoping she didn’t peak one week too early.
2. The red, white and blue Suddenly the future of American golf doesn’t look so bleak, as Hunter Mahan joined Nick Watney and Charles Howell as the latest twentysomething to win a Tour event this year. Not to mention Lucas Glover and Ryan Moore are both looking solid, and Masters champ Zach Johnson is only 31. So maybe we’ll be able to win a Ryder Cup by 2010…
3. …of course, the U.S. of A. already nabbed a British Amateur, thanks to the heroics of Drew Weaver, who became the first Yank in 28 years to prevail in a tournament that was part of Bobby Jones’s Slam. Weaver, a sophomore at Virginia Tech, can now look forward to another tournament defined by Jones: the Masters.
4. Nicholas Fasth With a solid win at the BMW Championship backing up his strong finish at Oakmont, Fasth is suddenly pushing Henrik Stenson for the coveted title of Sweden’s top golfer. Of course, I’m more interested in Sweden’s top golf nannies.
5. Sam Alexis Woods She’s only a few days old, but with the release of the first family photos, Tiger’s cub has created her first media frenzy. And surely not the last.
1. Mi Hyun Kim She bogeyed the final hole at the Wegmans LPGA to miss the playoff by one stroke. I’d say she came up short, but that’s just cruel.
2. The Normans Greg and Laura agreed on the terms of their divorce late last week, save one final issue: Who will pay the tax liability on their private jets. I am not making this up.
3. Jay Williamson The amiable journeyman has been living on the fringes of the PGA Tour for a decade and a half, and with one putt he could have forever changed the course of his career. But he missed an 11-footer on the 72nd hole of the Travelers and lost the ensuing playoff, sending him back to the margins.
4. Tom Purtzer He began the final round of the Bank of America Championship with a three-stroke lead but limped home with a 73, allowing Jay Haas to take his fourth Senior title this year. He should change his name to Putz-er.
5. Buick The eponymous Open kicks off this week without the defending champ, who’s on diaper duty. This is especially bad timing given that the carmaker’s top execs have lately been putting out press releases denying plans to dump said champ, Tiger Woods, as their keynote endorser. Does this mean Tiger is going to have to pay retail for his new mini-van?