This week in golf: Parity is the star of the PGA Tour
Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, and Justin Rose are prominently featured in this week's golf roundup. All for reasons that don't involve winning.
I know the NBA Playoffs are in full swing and you were likely drowning in mint juleps by Saturday evening so if you didn't recover in time to watch on Sunday, here's what you missed in the week of golf.
1. JB Holmes delivers narrative: We've had a plethora of good stories on the PGA Tour this season but no great ones. Holmes recovering from two brain surgeries and a roller blading accident that kept him out for a full year to win the Wells Fargo Championship is a great one.
2. Felipe Aguilar cashes in back nine 28 for win: I wrote about this a bit on Sunday but can we pause for a moment and appreciate how spectacular a back nine 28 to win a golf tournament (the Championship at Laguna National) is?
And on this hole out. Legendary stuff, for sure:
3. Rory McIlroy does not like the back door: The phenom struggled on Friday which basically crushed his chances on the weekend.
"I'm in the top 10 every week and it is fine, it's whatever. But it's not winsIt's another solid week. They're top 10s, but they're top 10s without getting in contention either. I don't want to back door and top 10 it every week. It's nice to pick up a nice paycheck but it doesn't really get the adrenaline going."
4. The Langer/Couples show: I joked a few weeks ago that Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, and Miguel Angel Jimenez should just start their own tour but it probably doesn't seem that funny to the rest of the competitors on the Champions Tour.
Langer won the Insperity Invitational over Couples for his 20th win in 133 starts on that tour. Tiger Woods in 2000 might even raise an eyebrow at that.
5. Parity, parity, parity: Golfers ranked Nos. 1-10 to start 2014 -- so your Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson group -- have three total wins on the PGA and European Tours (Zach Johnson, Sergio Garcia, and Matt Kuchar).
Golfers ranked Nos. 101-110 to start 2014 have four (Pablo Larrazabal, John Senden, Scott Stallings, and Chesson Hadley).
6. Here's a summation of that stat in one swing from Justin Rose: Rose was ranked No. 4 to start the season.
7. Not parity, not parity, not parity: Staci Lewis won for the ninth time on the LPGA Tour which marked the fifth time in 10 events someone who started the season in the top 10 won an event. And one of the other ones was Michelle Wie.
So basically the opposite of the PGA Tour.
8. Lefty goes sideways: Phil Mickelson just cannot get inside the top 10 this season. He finished with a 39 on the back nine Sunday to grab a T11, one shot outside of the top 10. It's the longest he's gone without a top 10 in 20 years.
Following the debacle at the ANA Inspiration earlier in 2017, Thompson has some thoughts
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The Spaniard captures another piece of hardware during an all-time season
The man who ended on his bag in 2017 will apparently begin on it next year
This snowboarding ball flip and drive is simply spectacular