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.
Patrick Reed -- The kid is 23 with three PGA Tour wins since August, taking home the Cadillac Championship by surviving a golf course and conditions that made even the best in the world look silly. Reed is a stud, even admitting after the round he thinks he's a top-five player in the world, and no matter if you think that's cocky or correct, know that the last time he finished outside the top-24 in a PGA Tour event you were out shopping for your Halloween costume.
Bubba Watson -- A bogey-free final round 68 jumped Bubba to a T-2 at Doral, his third top-2 finish in his last three starts. If you're looking for an early Masters pick, this long-hitting lefty would be a pretty good one to back considering the way he's golfing his ball right now.
Jamie Donaldson -- A bogey on his 72nd hole from the fairway might have left Donaldson out of a potential playoff and with a bad taste in his mouth, but Donaldson played great when the weather got nasty to tie Bubba and finish a shot behind Reed.
Dustin Johnson -- His back nine on Sunday was a bummer, but it was another week and another strong finish for the best player without a major championship win. Johnson's T-4 means in his last four stroke play events, he has yet to finish outside of the top-six, an impressive run for a man that already has a win in this wraparound schedule.
Tiger Woods’ decision making — If the whole idea behind Tiger’s season is to get himself prepared for the majors, why in the world would he risk further injury to play in an event that could jeopardize his chances at the Masters? Woods looks injured, it doesn’t look like it’s improving much and his golf game cannot handle whatever is going on with his back. Woods needs to take the appropriate time away from the game and get better or his chances at a 15th major are really going to be slim as he’s wincing his way around Augusta National.
The top-7 golfers in the world — Tiger struggled, Adam Scott couldn’t break par, Henrik Stenson’s final round 69 still couldn’t jump into the top-15, Jason Day withdrew before the week even started and then Phil, Rory and Justin Rose all played lackadaisical all week and failed to get anything going at Doral.
Ian Poulter — His T-52 continued his rough play this season, but it was what happened away from the course that raised some eyebrows. Poulter was playing behind Hideki Matsuyama earlier in the week, and took to Twitter after the round calling Matsuyama an “idiot” for damaging a green with an outburst after missing a putt. Video showed later that Matsuyama simply slammed his putter down, not even breaking the surface of the green but doing enough to elicit a harsh and unnecessary reaction from a man that lives by the mantra, “have opinion, will tweet it.”
Victor Dubuisson — A man that stole our hearts at the last World Golf Championships event struggled all week at Doral, shooting 81 in the second round and finishing with a 78 on Sunday. It wasn’t exactly the type of performance we had hoped to see from one of the bright young stars but at least he still has that great hair!
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