Rory McIlroy, Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson in This Week’s Heroes & Zeros

November 23, 2015

Phew, what a year! After rousing finishes on the European Tour and LPGA we can finally drop the curtain on 2015, right? Yeah, there is the Australian Open this week, where Jordan Spieth defends his title. And next week a bunch of big names will convene for the World Challenge, the tournament where last year Jordan Spieth began to become JORDAN SPIETH. And in December there are some good events in South Africa, to say nothing of the Shark Shootout. Crikey, it never ends! That’s a good thing, right?


1. Lydia. What a legend: youngest to win an LPGA event, youngest to win a major, now youngest to be player of the year.

2. Rory. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

3. Peter Senior. Is golf a great game or what? At the Aussie Masters this 56-year-old dusted a bunch of flatbellies with guts and guile.

4. Bryson DeChambeau. The most interesting man in golf almost won the Masters himself. It’s going to be so fun watching his career develop.

5. Inbee. The Vare Trophy makes official what has been obvious for years: Park, 27, is a Hall-of-Fame talent. Congrats to the queen ‘Bee.


1. Monty. His absurd snub of Paul Casey for the 2010 Ryder Cup is now going to hinder the 2016 team.

2. Lexi. She could have ended the season with a bang but instead got run over on the back nine by Ko. I’ve seen her pose for photos as a racy boxer, but does she have a knockout punch?

3. Kevin Kisner. With so much happening all over the golf world the Kiz picked the wrong weekend to win his first Tour event. I mean, did anyone notice besides me?

4. The first tee. With Ivor Robson now officially gone, starting off a round on the Euro Tour will never be quite as much fun.

5. Dru Love. Not only did he miss the cut at Sea Island, he got smoked by his dad and a squatter at his house, Justin Thomas. Somehow I think the kid will be okay.