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.
Bernhard Langer — How good was that performance at the Senior British Open? So good that I nearly changed the headline of this post to "Langers and Losers." The guy absolutely torched Royal Porthcawl, winning by a record 13 shots and stirring the water cooler conversation about the 56-year-old Langer possibly landing a spot on a stacked European Ryder Cup team.
Tim Clark — A lot of the talk from the Canadian Open circled around Jim Furyk's continued struggles to win, but it was Clark who posted a back nine 30 to beat Furyk by a single shot. The win was just the second of Clark's career, which is surprising considering how often he's in the hunt, but this win wasn't handed to him and those final nine holes will go down as one of the more clutch finishes of the year.
Colin Montgomerie — He may not have ever been able to close out majors before joining the Champions Tour, but Monty has sure been a staple at these big tournaments for the 50 and above group. Monty finished second alone at the Senior British, meaning he has two wins and a second place finish in three of his last four senior majors.
Dicky Pride — The 45-year-old Pride missed eight of his first nine starts to begin his 2014 season, but has turned his game around in his last two starts, finishing T-27 at the John Deere and T-7 at the Canadian Open thanks to a final round 63 that jumped him 21 spots on the leaderboard.
Jim Furyk — Finishing second is never a bad thing, but it is when you have a three-shot lead heading into the final round and are looking for your first win since 2010. Furyk has had a superb year if terms of finishes, moving to No. 8 in the world, but he is shaky at best down the stretch these days and at 44 have some wondering if he will ever win again.
Big names in Canada — No offense to Clark, Furyk and Graham DeLaet, who played great golf all week at Royal Montreal, but it was some of the more popular players in the field that had rather short weeks. Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Luke Donald, and John Daly all missed the cut, meaning the post-major event was without some of their star power for the final two rounds.
Final round coverage — I absolutely understand when weather forces play to go out early, and I get the networks making the decision to tape-delay it for ratings and viewership, but there should at least be an online feed on Sunday for those that want to see the final round action live. If weather is a factor, it would be nice if the PGA Tour could always throw up a live link, something that wasn't on their website for Sunday's final round of the Canadian Open.
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- Jim Furyk
- Senior British Open
- Tim Clark