It is Jack Nicklaus' golf tournament, and what a week it was. We had Leftys, Tigers and (Golden) Bears (oh my?), but the stage was set for a youngster to breakthrough in his first full season on tour. Sadly, that didn't happen, but did he still make rips, or was his Sunday performance worthy of a shank? Read on.
Justin Rose: For all the fanfare we have given Rose over the years, the now 29-year-old Englishman has never won on the PGA Tour. That was until Sunday, when a final round 66 jumped the rest of the field and put him in the winner's circle for the first time.
Rickie Fowler: Sure, he didn't win, but he was once again in the hunt in an event very, very early in his career. Tiger and Phil both were early victors and it seems Fowler is next in line to do something similar. He might not have taken home the trophy, but something like this will be a big experience builder for the next time he's in a similar position.
Phil Mickelson: He didn't have his best stuff this week, but he still managed a top five, and it would have been much better if not for a double-bogey on his 15th hole. Phil's antics are still ridiculous at times (including an interesting decision on Saturday), but you can't say he doesn't have fun out there and he beat Mr. Woods once again.
Vijay Singh: A week after we were all speaking at his career funeral, Singh quietly posted his best finish in almost three months, and made the USGA look good for giving him an exemption into this year's U.S. Open.
Tiger Woods: Every round it was something. On Thursday, he couldn't get out of the gate. On Friday, he bogeyed his 18th hole. Saturday was nearly flawless if you throw out the double-bogey on 10, and Sunday had Tiger fail to make a birdie over his last nine holes. He finished better than he has in the last few weeks, but his game is still very far from Tiger-ish.
Spencer Levin: Levin, the 25-year-old that has always been more infamous for his temper than his golf game, has played incredible in 2010, and had a good shot to make the Memorial his best finish of the year. After consecutive 68s to open, Levin struggled, closing with a 79 on Sunday that dropped him out of the top 30.
Brad Faxon: For years to come, when golfers chat about good putters, they will inevitably speak of the aforementioned man. Sadly, the beautiful stroke is accompanied by a not so beautiful golf swing, and it has been a struggle for Faxon, who made the Memorial his 10th missed cut in 13 events this year.
The Fowler Outfits: I'm all for expressing yourself, but his Saturday and Sunday garb forced one reader to coin him "the human highlighter," and that has nothing to do with his appearance on SportsCenter's Top 10.