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. After a dispiriting year in which he was relegated to third banana, he gets a fresh start at the season-opening Frys.com Open. And since McIlroy is the only big name in the field, he’ll be the star of the show. Perfect timing, because his ego could use the boost.
2. NBC / Golf Channel. They’ve now picked up the Open Championship in a year when they’ll also have the Olympics and the Ryder Cup. Sounds like a heckuva Johnny-a-thon.
3. Matthew Fitzpatrick. The young lad just went wire-to-wire at the British Masters, surging to No. 60 in the World Ranking. And then he celebrated at Subway. Gotta love it.
4. Barack Obama. Ah, so *that* is how you get a tee time at Torrey Pines!
5. The Presidents Cup. I’m still basking in the afterglow of (and trying to catch up on my sleep because of) one of the most entertaining Cups ever. And now we’re going back to Australia’s Sand Belt in ’19? Sign me up.
1. ESPN. The worldwide leader in sports continues to get out of the golf business. That’s not good for them or for anyone.
2. Brooks Koepka. Various members of the golf media were brandishing pitchforks over him not being a Presidents Cup pick — guilty as charged — but given how well Phil Mickelson, Bill Haas and J.B. Holmes played, maybe Captain Haas was right. Sigh.
3. Nick Price. He had so little confidence in Sang Moon Bae he benched him on Day 1, but then put him out last in singles, with the weight of his world on his shoulders? I’m still puzzled over this one.
4. Jason Day. Yeah, it’s been a long year, but 0-4-1? His poor play doomed the Internationals.