Thomas Aiken and Bubba Watson won on the European and PGA Tours this week. A look back at the best and worst of the week.
Top three stories
1. Bubba's back -- The second-best left-hander in the sport won for the first time in 22 months at the Northern Trust Open.
2. Dustin Johnson is best without a win -- Johnson became just the eighth golfer to finish runner up in back-to-back weeks in the last 10 years. And his fiance is pretty.
3. Ike's tree, gone -- The ice storm that hit Georgia last week took down the Eisenhower tree on the 17th hole at Augusta. RIP.
This effort from Jim Furyk was spectacular. Shades of Tiger at the 2005 Masters on No. 16!
Bubba Watson's son, Caleb, took over the CBS telecast at the end of Sunday.
This week in OWGR
Dustin Johnson breaks into the top 10 at No. 8. Bubba Watson moves from No. 26 to No. 14 -- his true ranking is probably somewhere between those two. Harris English continues his rise, he's now No. 39. Thomas Aiken goes from No. 113 to No. 79, narrowly missing the World Match Play Championship.
Nearest death experience
This poor guy almost got housed by an errant Charl Schwartzel drive.
Jason Allred Monday qualified for the Northern Trust Open then went on to win half as much ($388,000) this week as he's won in his entire career combined on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour.
"Making the putt on 18 is probably the most excitement I've felt from the crowd ever in my career," said Allred.
Best photo (Part I)
Like I said...
Best photo (Part II)
So...golf in Africa looks pretty awesome.
Upset of the week
Bubba didn't cry (that we saw).
Jason Gore on what encouraged him to take up golf again:
"You honestly want to know? I found out I was unemployable."
The winner gets
Bubba Watson won $1.2 million for his efforts at Riviera.
Thomas Aiken won $217,176 at the Africa Open.
Stat of the week
Bubba Watson breaks into the all-time top 50 money list. He's No. 45 with $19.5 million.
Best of Twitter
Wow!!! What a weekend, bogey free 64 - 64. Blessed to get another WIN!! #ThanksTwitterFriends— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) February 17, 2014
Re: Dustin Johnson...
What an athletic par!— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) February 16, 2014
There are no Russian golfers in the top 1,000 on the world ranking. Key for USA Hockey: Give 'em all 13 more sticks.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) February 15, 2014