1. Rory. When the kid gets hot he gets really, really hot. If McIlroy can tear off a third straight win at Valhalla this week we can upgrade this stretch from a great streak to a summer for the ages.
2. Geoff Ogilvy. Has it really been four and a half years since this extravagantly talented Aussie won on Tour? Here’s hoping Ogilvy can go on a sustained run and reestablish himself as a frontline player.
3. Brady Schnell. The only thing better than a 59 is holing out from the fairway on 18 to shoot a 59, which Schnell did at the Canadian tour event in Calgary. Almost as impressive is that the next day he began his round with a front-nine 31.
4. Jack Nicklaus. 18 is looking more and more unattainable…though don’t count out Rory.
5. Sergio. The golf world is certainly more interesting when this character is on the leaderboard.
1. Sergio. And yet, no matter how smooth and confident he looks Thursday-Saturday, all of his self-belief seems to vanish during the final round. He doesn’t need a fiancee, he needs a shrink.
2. PGA Tour stuffed shirts. Their head-in-the-sand approach to player discipline has become a bad joke, damaging the credibility of the organization and its players. Although, frankly, those of us here at golf.com rather enjoy exposing the absurdity, so keep doing what you’re doing, boys.
3. Adam Scott. Well, at least he got to be number one for a few months. Hard to imagine he — or anybody else — will get there again anytime soon.
4. Nick Watney. First of all, he had to play in something called the Barracuda Championship. Then, after a record opening round, he got worse every day, ultimately skidding to 8th place. It’s become a long, hard road back for a guy who used to be a headliner.
5. Sean Foley. Is it his fault that Tiger’s body is breaking down? Nah. But as they celebrate their four-year anniversary it’s worth asking if there’s a better way for the brittle Woods to be swinging the club.