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. JDay. Welcome back, Jason, we missed you.
2. S.S.P. Chawrasia. He won his national championship with a 72nd hole up-and-down that deserves the loftiest honorific: Dubuissonesque.
3. Olympic golf. The finished course looks awesome, and players from all over the world are starting to obsess over the rankings — punching his ticket to Rio was one of the first things Chawrasia mentioned in victory. Don’t worry about that silly test event, the real thing is gonna be way cool.
4. Bryson DeChambeau. It was a pleasure to watch him match Rory shot-for-shot while they tore up Bay Hill in the early going on Sunday. I can not wait to see this kid — Bryson, not Rory — take on Augusta National.
5. The Match Play. A cool new venue only heightens anticipation for what is always one of the best weeks of the year. And with so many top players in good form hopefully this is the year we get a bunch of star-studded matchups.
1. The Match Play. But, man oh man, watching the win-or-go-home brutality of March Madness makes me pine for the old format. Wake me as the round robin play is winding down in Austin.
2. Rory. The conditions were soft, it wasn’t blowing a gale…how on earth did he make six double bogeys in one tournament? Mind-boggling.
3. Henrik Stenson. At times nobody can make the game look easier, so it’s disconcerting how often the Stense fails to convert opportunities to win. This time it was bogeys on 14 and 16 on Sunday that did him in.
4. Troy Merritt. Well, he didn’t make a bogey during the final round, so that’s good. And five birds in a row to start the back nine was pretty epic. But a whopping three double bogeys on Sunday was the undoing for this mercurial character.
5. Grand Slam of Golf. It’s always sad when a tropical junket for golf bureaucrats dies.