This past weekend saw a lot of great story lines and we are here to give you the good and the bad of it. Here are our winners and losers from the past week in golf.
Ben Crane — Normally not making a birdie on Sunday means you will not be leaving with a trophy, but Crane had built up his lead at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and held on with that birdie-free 73 on Sunday. It was Crane's first win on the PGA Tour since 2011 and it happened after having missed the cut in five of his previous seven starts on the PGA Tour before heading to TPC Southwind.
Webb Simpson — The former U.S. Open winner has had a sneaky good season, racking up six top-10s in just 14 starts including his Sunday 66 that helped vault him to a T-3 at the St. Jude. This was Simpson's first start since the Players Championship, and after an opening 71, he fired three rounds in the 60s and looks to be in good form heading to Pinehurst.
Ian Poulter — Poulter came into this week at TPC Southwind without a single top-10 on the PGA Tour in 2014, but his Sunday 64 jumped him 29 spots on the leaderboard to land in a tie for sixth. Poulter is always one of those names mentioned when talking of talents without a major championship on their resume, and I'm sure his 64 on Sunday will only help his confidence heading into Pinehurst.
Patrick Reed — While we should leave this kid alone at this point for his comments about being a top-5 player, it was a third straight missed cut for Reed at the St. Jude and fourth in his last five starts. Maybe the crazier part is after that huge drop-off he's still seventh in the FedEx Cup points ranking.
Phil Mickelson — Mr. Roller Coaster himself is back to his old tricks, firing hopeful rounds only to ruin them with that one bad round that has plagued him all season. Mickelson opened with rounds of 67-68-67 at TPC Southwind, and right when it looked like he would card his first top-10 of the year, he shot a final round 72 to drop seven spots on the leaderboard and finish a disappointing T-11.
The withdrawing epidemic — I wrote about it earlier this year, but combine the bad weather at the St. Jude with a big tournament the next week and we had 10 PGA Tour players withdraw after the opening round. That is unacceptable.