Hot this week? Shin, Stricks, ‘Bromance.’ Not? Jungle Bird, Oosty and the Shark
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s budding “bromance” was in high gear at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
1. Jiyai Shin. Her win at the Women’s British will go down as one of the greatest ball-striking performances in LPGA history. Period.
2. The Tour Championship. I’m already feeling a little wistful that the end of the PGA Tour season is nigh. At least this finale promises a proper send-off to what’s been a very interesting year.
3. The Tiger and Rory Show. “Bromance” is being tossed around so much you’d think these two were starring in a Judd Apatow movie, not a golf tournament. But watching these two mega-talents tangle never gets old.
4. The Ryder Cup. The hype is beginning to crest, including Tuesday night’s re-airing of the final day of the War By The Shore. If watching that bloodletting doesn’t get you in the mood for the Ryder Cup, nothing will.
5. Steve Stricker. Great player, great guy, but his emotional acceptance of the Payne Stewart Award was the latest reminder that nobody in golf can ugly-cry like Stricks.
1. Jungle Bird. Once was funny. But after his latest civil disobedience, at the Women’s British Open, it’s clear this fowl-lidded interloper has jumped the shark. Note to would-be hecklers: If you get tossed around by mild-mannered Mike Davis, it’s time to find another hobby.
2. Greg Norman. In one interview, golf’s most famous nearly man claimed to be channeling Tiger’s thoughts and called himself the heir to Jack Nicklaus’s throne. Note to Shark: ever hear of Tom Freaking Watson?
3. Louis Oosthuizen. Winless all season, King Louis can still take the FedEx Cup with a runner-up finish, provided the five guys ahead of him on the points list don’t play particularly well at East Lake. This would be such a disastrous scenario for the Tour that I’m actively rooting for it to happen.
4. Yani Tseng. The struggling world No. 1 made a 9 en route to finishing tied for 26th at the Women’s British, ensuring she’d get skunked at the majors this season. Life at the top isn’t easy. Tiger knows that. Rory will find out in due time.
5. Bill Glasson. Winless on the Senior tour, he took a four-stroke lead into the final round of the Pacific Links Hawaii Challenge but coughed it up with five bogeys on the final eight holes. On the plus side, he’s still the biggest bad-ass in golf. (Which is like being the world’s tallest midget, but still …)