The Cadillac Championship lacked the drama we longed for and a rookie won on the PGA Tour for the first time since Jordan Spieth last season. Here's everything you missed from the last week in golf:
Top three stories
1. Patrick Reed says he's top five in the world: Even if he's technically probably right -- that as of March 10, 2014, he's one of the five best golfers in the world -- you can't say something like that before playing your first major and not draw the ire of the golf world.
2. Tiger Woods is inconsistent: If there's one thing you could always bank on with Woods it's that he was going to be consistent. I don't have the numbers but I bet his range of scores over the past decade is a lot smaller than most. That's flipped all of a sudden and never was as clear as it was on Sunday when he followed a 66 at Doral with a 78. Yikes.
3. New Doral plays like a major: It was less of a story on the weekend when the wind stopped howling but you don't often see 4 under winning non-major tournaments. Billy Horschel had some interesting things to day about the redesign, stuff most pros would probably agree with if they were, you know, as outspoken as Billy Horschel.
Cadillac Championship (WGC): Patrick Reed
Puerto Rico Open (PGA Tour): Chesson Hadley
Best shot I
Tiger Woods from 91 feet. Yeah, that's the shot of the week by far.
Best shot II
Not to be outdone. Here's Rory McIlroy:
Chesson Hadley getting crazy after chipping in at the Puerto Rico Open (he went on to win). Also, I'm setting the over/under on his weight at 99.5 pounds. What are you taking?
TV show I'd watch
Jordan Spieth and his caddie talking about shots and club selection. I would actually probably watch this between a lot of tour pros and their caddies but Spieth and his caddie seem to have especially humorous conversations. Phil Mickelson and Bones, too.
Oh, Tiger. I had a Twitter follower make a really interesting point Sunday. Tiger's formula for winning has always been "go low the first two rounds (or two of the first three) and hang on on Sunday." That formula doesn't work anymore when you have guys like Reed gunning for 65s every day.
Tiger has seemingly become a victim of his own aggressive style because that's the way everyone on tour plays now, especially the young guys. Also, shooting 78 on Sunday isn't a formula for winning your club championship, much less a WGC event.
From Jason Sobel on Patrick Reed: "I love that the kid's got brass ones bigger than The Donald's oversized cufflinks."
This week in OWGR
The top 10 remained the same other than Dustin Johnson leapfrogging Sergio Garcia and Zach Johnson to get to No. 8. Patrick Reed jumped from No. 44 to top five No. 20. Jamie Donaldson went from No. 30 to No. 27. Richard Sterne went from No. 65 to No. 52, which is significant because if he can get into the top 50 in the next few weeks, he'll play the Masters.
Winner gets ...
Patrick Reed gets $1.53 million for winning the Cadillac Championship. Chesson Hadley gets $630,000 for winning the Puerto Rico Open.
My gosh, Henrik Stenson. This was just unbelievable. Shades of Steve Stricker at the 2013 US Open!
This from Patrick Reed's caddie on the 72nd hole with $1.5 million hanging in the balance was pretty on point.
Reed's caddie seems confident pic.twitter.com/dWDDFN5ty1— No Laying Up (@NoLayingUp) March 9, 2014
Best photo I
Patrick Reed and his pregnant wife Justine had a moment after he won his first WGC title.
Best photo II
Don't even know what to say about Donald Trump and Timbaland.
Most dedicated Tiger Woods fans
Definitely these guys:
This girl after Tiger lipped out a putt.
Best stat I
Five golfers with three or more wins since 1990 on the PGA Tour before turning 24.
1. Tiger Woods
2. Phil Mickelson
3. Sergio Garcia
4. Rory McIlroy
5. Patrick Reed
Best stat II
Tiger Woods is sandwiched between Bronson La'Cassie and Eric Axley on the FedEx Cup standings. He has 43 points.
This one comparing Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed (via Luke Kerr-Dinen):
Best of Twitter
Here is how bad Tiger's back is feeling right now - he just hit a successful draw with his driver.— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) March 9, 2014
Tiger Woods takes another big swing. Wince, repeat.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) March 9, 2014