Courtesy of Trump International Golf Links
Trump’s new course (third hole pictured here) is drawing rave reviews.
1. Links golf. Be still my heart, back-to-back tourneys on the old sod. And no, we’re not talking about TPC Deere Run.
2. Na Yeon Choi. Is it me, or is she the best putter on the planet, male or female?
3. Underdogs. A couple more questions: how cool a story is Ted Potter Jr.? Or, for that matter, Troy Kelly? These guys are just the latest proof of the tremendous depth on Tour.
4. Donald Trump’s ego. His passion project on the east coast of Scotland has opened to rave reviews, and Euro tour suits are fawning all over him at the prospect of bringing a tourney there. Please, golf gods, don’t let it be the Open. We’ll never hear the end of it.
5. Kirk Triplett. Yeah, it’s the senior tour, but anytime you shoot a final round 66 to win at Pebble — as K.T. did at the First Tee Open — it’s a big deal. We were so impressed that we won’t even mention that embarrassing bucket hat.
1. Q School. Sport’s greatest meritocracy is dead. Last rites were administered by three dozen VPs in a Ponte Vedra boardroom.
2. The Sophie Gustafson/Cristie Kerr catfight. It had potential but quickly fizzled, much to the chagrin of the golf media.
3. Ian Poulter. In the midst of coming up short at the French Open, he spent most of last week tweeting about his obsession with Ferraris, including pics of a visit to the factory to see his own ride being built. Perhaps Poults should spend more time gazing at the Ryder Cup points lists — right now he can’t buy his way onto the team.
4. Webb Simpson. He had to hit the wall at some point, but jeez! Guy makes one bogey in the first 65 holes at Greenbrier and then four in the span of five holes to kick away the tournament. But you know Simpson is having a stellar summer when a T7 is a bad week.
5. Yani Tseng. With a 78-78 weekend at the Women’s Open, her funk has now been upgraded to a full-blown slump. She has to win the Open at some point to complete the career Slam, right? Of course, we all assumed Nancy Lopez would win an Open someday, too. Not to mention Sam Snead and Phil Mickelson.