Rory McIlroy Tops This Week’s Heroes and Zeros

September 6, 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. Rory. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

2. Phil Kenyon. The putting coach to the stars took McIlroy from the yips to the Deutsche Bank trophy in a matter of a couple weeks. That’s some Mr. Miyagi shizz right there.

3. Caroline Masson. The 27 year-old German finally broke through with her first LPGA victory. Time was running out, too; incredibly, Masson is only the second winner on tour this year over the age of 23.

4. Carlos Franco. One of golf’s most colorful characters is back in the winner’s circle after a second straight 63 at the Shaw Charity Classic. It’s only the Senior tour but still.

5. Aaron Baddeley. Dude is so good on the greens he made it to the BMW putting with his wedge.


1. Paul Casey. A loose 73 on Sunday doomed him to another missed opportunity. It blows my mind that a guy this talented has won only once in 193 PGA Tour starts.

2. The Deutsche Bank Monday finish. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been confused all week, and the tape-delayed final round didn’t help. Is this thing over yet?

3. Kevin Chappell. Five bogeys in the final round? Yikes. He might be the best player on Tour without a victory, but at some point that becomes a heavy burden to bear.

4. The FedEx Cup schedule. Why does the Tour hate the West Coast? I know it’s depressing having your headquarters in Florida but don’t punish the rest of us.


5. Justin Rose. Nice little 45 for JRo on the closing nine holes. At that rate I’d have to give him five a side just to keep things competitive!