This week’s heroes? Hunter Mahan and Jamie Donaldson. Zeros? Phil’s wayward driver and Jim Furyk’s Sunday fade
1. Hunter Mahan. Back from the dead! This Ryder Cup business just got a whole lot more interesting.
2. Jamie Donaldson. And like Mahan, that’s how you go from a Ryder question mark to an exclamation point.
3. Shigeki Maruyama. Dude has had a nice little career, but his Bel-Air estate is going for $16.5 million? Crikey.
4. Mark Broadie's Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green. Golf’s newest advanced metric — this one to measure ballstriking prowess — debuts for the Deutsche Bank. Time to further nerd out, dimpleheads.
5. Rory McIlroy. Quiet week at the Barclays, but the boy king now has so much juice he’s getting U.S. Presidents to do the ice bucket thing. Oh, and Caroline can’t stop talking about him in the New York Times.
1. Phil. Once was funny, but two trips off the property is an indication of a man not in control of his instrument.
2.Troy Merritt. A missed 10-footer on the last hole at the Barclays ultimately dropped him to 101st on the FedEx Cup points list, bouncing him from the “playoffs.” As he said afterward, "That’s golf.”
3. G-Mac. There are two rules for life: don’t leave an eagle putt short, and don’t miss the birth of your first child. So it’s cool that McDowell is skipping the final Ryder qualifier to be at home with his wife, who gave birth to the couple's daughter Monday. But he’s currently holding down the last automatic spot with a half-dozen other strong candidates breathing down his neck — if he gets bounced he may have lots of time to bond with the baby in late September.
4. Jim Furyk. Four bogeys over the last 15 holes doomed him yet again. It’s not quite Willie Mays falling down in centerfield, but this is painful to watch.
5. Chella Choi. The infraction is glaring, and her refusal to accept the penalty is not a good look. I mean, when kindly Judy Rankin scolds you on national TV, you’ve definitely screwed up.