Miguel Angel Jimenez tops 10 things to know about the week in golf
Luke Donald can't win Hilton head, Jordan Spieth can't stop rising in the world rankings, and Michelle Wie can't stop taking selfies.
I get it, you were occupied with the NBA playoffs and your kids' Easter egg hunt and all sorts of things over the weekend. The Masters is over, wake you up when Tiger Woods comes back or the US Open starts.
But I have to tell you that you missed some pretty great stuff in a week in which the PGA Tour tournament that included a holed-out bunker shot might have been the least compelling golf tournament of the weekend.
Let's get to the goods:
1. Miguel Angel Jimenez wins Champions Tour debut: Miguel just does not care about what tour he's playing on. There he is romping over the National with iron shots out of a Hogan instructional video and there he is the next week lighting the Champions Tour on fire in his Old Man Golf debut.
Jimenez beat Bernhard Langer by two in the Greater Gwinnett Championship and the leaderboard looked very Augusta National-like. Those two were joined by Fred Couples and a Haas (this time, Jay) in a repeat of the week before. No Bubba in sight, thankfully.
Then Jimenez did this:
This is the greatest photo of all time. pic.twitter.com/o7e2malhwe— Adam Fonseca (@ChicagoDuffer) April 21, 2014
Because that's what you do when you're about to take over a tour.
2. Michelle Wie actually won: That's not a shot at Wie -- I like her, she's just been overhyped to the point that Johnny Manziel had to raise an eyebrow.
Wie took down Angela Stanford (synergy!) with a final-round 67 and immediately started taking selfies with her first trophy since 2010. It was awesome.
3. That Matt Kuchar hole-out was awesome: Let me set the scene for you. Matt Kuchar had just three-jacked from four feet on the 17th hole at the RBC Heritage when a one-putt would have wrapped up the tournament for him.
Instead he and Luke Donald were tied as Kuchar went to No. 18 possibly on tilt and hit his second shot into the sand.
Then...this...for the win:
He called it an "Augusta National roar." It was.
4. Poor Luke Donald: Well not technicall "poor" but bless his little English heart, he just can't win the RBC Heritage. Here's a look at five of his last six outings there:
5. Lee Westwood won Malaysia and took a very sweaty photo with a very large trophy:
I was a week early on my Westwood love (I had him as my sleeper for Augusta) as he blew away the field in Malaysia by seven strokes. It was his 23rd European Tour win which is tied for eighth all-time.
It also marked the first week all year all four of the big tours have had big-name winners.
6. Matthew Fitzpatrick is consistent: This was the scorecard of the weekend. One I would kill for.
7. Let's talk about Matt Kuchar's bank account: It is full. Over the last four weeks he has four top five finishes (including the Masters) and over $2.3 million to show for them. That's $200,000 more than Arnold Palmer made in his entire career. It's also over $2,000 per stroke!
In the past four weeks, Matt Kuchar has earned $2,350,000. That's $2,109.52 for each time he's hit the ball in competition.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) April 21, 2014
8. Tiger Woods ain't playing the US Open, folks: I hate to be the bearer of bad news but there's a better chance of me playing Pinehurst in June than Tiger. Graham DeLaet touched on this and Notah Begay confirmed it.
Get those Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth promos ready because the Big Cat will not be in attendance.
9. Jordan Spieth's rapid ascent continues: What is the ceiling for The Kid? Is there a ceiling? What am I to do with the fact that at the beginning of the season he was ranked No. 22 in the world and I thought that was a ceiling for the next few years?
Spieth didn't play great but finished T12 at Hilton Head and passed Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson in the world rankings. He's now the seventh-best golfer on planet earth and probably won't stop there.
What if he wins Pinehurst and just never relinquishes the top spot? Is that a ceiling?
10. Let's talk about Matt Kuchar's bid for a royal flush: Since the 2013-2014 season started last October Kuchar has finished 1st, 2nd, T4, T5, T6, T7, T8, and T9 at tournaments. He only needs a 3rd and a 10th for the gamut. (h/t Jason Sobel)
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