3. Rees Jones. The endless whining by Phil and others has somehow turned the Open Doctor into a sympathetic figure. Yes, Jones’s work at Cog Hill isn’t overly artistic, but do deep bunkers and segmented greens really make this kindly grandfather the antichrist?
4. Lee Westwood. The droll Englishman is tweeting again and his recent electronic hazing of Rory McIlroy — among other things, calling him “half Danish” in a nod to the U.S. Open champ’s girlfriend — was pure gold.
5. Tiger Woods. He slipped to 49th in the World Ranking but that’s the good news — he had to be in the top 50 as of Monday to be eligible to play in his own tourney, the World Challenge. Throw in his free pass to the Prez Cup and maybe Tiger’s luck is finally beginning to turn.
1. Mike Whan. I know he’s trying to do the right thing and preserve the teenage years of his would-be phenoms, but to not grant Thompson tour status at this point is just silly. Not only has she proven she belongs, Lexi is the future of the freakin’ tour. This pointless battle is becoming a buzzkill on one of golf’s stories of the year.
2. Bill Haas. With a golden chance to play his way onto the Presidents Cup team he made a mess of his final nine holes at Cog Hill and now must hope against hope he gets the final captain’s pick. But if he does there will be cries of nepotism as his dad Jay is one of the assistant captains. Messy, messy.
3. Solheim Cup fans without a DVR. Yes, the coverage really does being at 11:30 p.m. California time on Friday.
5. Mark Wilson. Tied for the lead through 36 holes in Chicago, Wilson was trumpeting his player of the year credentials. After a 77-76 weekend I think we can pretty much end that discussion.