Belly jigglin’, unshaven, a gameface that doubles as a smirk, you gotta love Mark Calcavecchia. His hard-fought win at something called the PODS Championship was another chance to appreciate one of the most underrated players of his generation.
2. Meaghan Francella
To win an LPGA event in your third career start is impressive. To do it by beating Annika Sorenstam in a playoff is outrageous. Here’s to the toast of Port Chester, NY.
3. Jay Haas
He made 20 birdies and only one bogey en route to a dominating win at the Toshiba Classic. That’s impressive even on a banquet circuit like the Senior tour.
4. Charles Howell
With a stellar closing 65 at the PODS, he shot from 36th place to a tie for sixth. We know there’s at least one guy out there who cares about FedEx points.
5. Tech nerds
With the USGA’s recent proposals about groove specs, we are all going to be subjected to endless debate about the differences between U- and V-shaped grooves. But when you hit it off the hosel like I do, what does it matter?
1. The weather in Mexico City
I can’t remember a more disjointed tournament than the on-again and, more often, off-again MasterCard Championship. Lorena Ochoa’s rabid fans deserved better.
2. Three-footers for glory on the 72nd hole
First Boo Weekley, now Heath Slocum — if these guys want to graduate from journeyman status, they gotta convert, simple as that.
Yeah, that final-round 66 was pretty macho, but she’s talked a lot lately about rebounding from a disappointing ’06, so you’d expect her to take care of a callow rookie in sudden death.
4. The International, the Kemper Open …
All those tournament directors out there who could never attract Tiger Woods have got to be thinking the same thing in light of his event in D.C.: Why the heck didn’t I think of making the Tiger Woods Foundation my charitable beneficiary!?!?!
5. Mike Weir
Gary Player, captain of the International team for the upcoming Presidents Cup, didn’t name names but he said that just because the event will be held in Canada does not mean he will automatically pick a Canuck. Weirsy, now would be a good time to break out of that slump.
Senior writer Alan Shipnuck has covered golf for Sports Illustrated since 1994 and frequently contributes to SI.com.