Jack Nicklaus, Charles Barkley and Team USA in Heroes and Zeros

July 25, 2016

Sports Illustrated’s Alan Shipnuck breaks down the good and bad — and sometimes even the ugly — of the weekend that was in professional golf. More often than not, someone blew a lead, another player stormed onto the scene and a few others provided us unforgettable moments, for whatever reason. Who is a hero and who is a zero? Find out below, but make sure to check back next week. You never know who will show up.


1. Jhonny Vegas. One of the sport’s ultimate underdogs, and freshest personalities, earned his second win after 5 tough years. Welcome back, big fella.

2. U-S-A! U-S-A! At the International Crown the American team came through with a rousing comeback victory. Can we get Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, Cristie Kerr, and Gerina Piller on the U.S. Ryder Cup team?

3. Paul Broadhurst. Doesn’t matter the tour, mad respect for any bloke who tames Carnoustie.

4. Jon Rahm. That’s now a pair of top-3s in four starts as a pro, earning Rahm special temporary membership, which allows him to accept unlimited sponsor’s exemption going forward. Given his power and touch, I’m thinking Rahm will soon be getting into tourneys out of the winner’s category.

5. Big Jack. Given how he owned Baltusrol, this week will be yet another chance to marvel at Nicklaus’s record. Tiger is the most dominant golfer of all time. Jack is, simply, the greatest.


1. Baltusrol Lower. It may be the single most boring course in championship golf. In fact, it’s not even the best track on the property!

2. The PGA of America. It’s August, the heat index in Jersey is near 100…hmmm, maybe we should have a PGA Championship on the West Coast, something that hasn’t happened this century?

3. Steve Wheatcroft. The golfing equivalent of a dumpster fire getting into a trainwreck.

4. MAJ. The most interesting man in the world is somewhat less interesting after making two back-nine double bogeys to boot away the Senior Open.

5. Charles Barkley. Honestly, why does he do this to himself?