1. Seve. It’s tragic that someone so vibrant left us so young. The only upside is that with all of the tributes of the last few days a new generation has been exposed to Seve’s brilliance and passion.
2. Clemson golf. To have two former teammates in a playoff at one of the Tour’s premiere events is mind-boggling. So, too, is the fact that those Tigers didn’t win a national championship.
3. Lucas Glover. Fear the beard. And that rejuvenated putting stroke.
5. Doug Ford. The Hall of Fame induction has been a needed opportunity to appreciate the oldest living Masters champion. At 88 Ford is still lively and funny and unpredictable. And he still looks good in green.
1. Pat Perez. After a shaky Sunday in Charlotte Perez self-diagnosed an inability to close, and frankly we can’t argue. But bonus points for his self-lacerating honesty.
2. PGA Tour weirdness. Unlike every other sports league, the Tour does not make public its fines/suspensions, leading to an information vacuum that produces endless rumors and gossip. Thus a coupe of minor on-course altercations that Rory Sabbatini may or may not have been party to have completely overshadowed his fine play of late.
3. Lee Westwood/Rory McIlroy. They’re acting like martyrs for skipping the richest tournament in golf. But both of these Euros have awful records at Sawgrass and were unlikely to contend anyway. Once the pre-tourney chatter quiets down, they won’t be missed.
4. Jumbo Ozaki. After a lifetime of not showing up at major championships for which he was exempt, the xenophobic Japanese legend skipped his own Hall of Fame induction. As one member of Japan’s golf establishment told me, “He’s just a weird guy.” No kidding.