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.
Mo Martin — There are few walk offs in golf, but Mo Martin, the 31-year-old American who won the Women's British Open on Sunday, nearly pulled it off. Standing in the 18th fairway, 239 yards from the flag, Martin hit her three-wood and it never left the flag, crashing into the pin and nearly dropping for the albatross. Martin still had to make the eagle putt to give her the clubhouse lead at Royal Birkdale, which she made to win her first ever LPGA event and first major. It was an incredible shot, and a great moment for the LPGA.
Justin Rose — What more can you say about the way Rose has played the last 13 months? Now with a major under his belt, Rose is arguably the hottest player in the world right now, winning his last two starts including Sunday's Scottish Open, and heads into Hoylake with a T-12 at the U.S. Open, a win at the Memorial and that 66-65 weekend at Royal Aberdeen. Rose burst onto the scene at the Open Championship in 1998, and this week he is the favorite to claim a second major title for good reason.
Brian Harman — As I said on Sunday, if you keep standing in the tracks the train will eventually hit you, and that is exactly what happened to Harman at the John Deere. His approach shot on the par-5 second was insane, but the way he played all day was very mature considering he had never won on the PGA Tour. His Sunday 66 was mechanical, and he now heads to the British Open a PGA Tour champion, which is a pretty cool way to begin your first ever Open Championship start.
Jordan Spieth — He might not have defended his John Deere title, but the kid finished in the top-10 again on the PGA Tour. That's now seven top-10s in 20 starts this year, and he is trending in the right direction for this week's Open Championship, finishing T-19, T-17, T-11 and T-7 in his last four starts.
Inbee Park — It looked like Sunday was going to be Park's first Women's British Open title and fifth major win since 2008, but things started to get loose on the back nine and needing just one birdie on her final two holes, both par-5s, to force a playoff, Park hit a clunky wedge on the 17th and really made a mess of the 18th, a reachable par-5 for just about every player. There are always golf tournaments you look back on with disappointment, but this one will rank pretty high in the career of Park considering where she stood with just a few holes left to play.
Steve Stricker — It looked like Stricker might claim his fourth John Deere title on Sunday considering he had the experience and was in the final group with Harman, but a loose second shot on the par-5 second really told the story of the day for the 47-year-old, who was the only player in the top-22 on the leaderboard to post a final round over par.
Rory McIlroy's Fridays — After the opening round of the Scottish Open it seemed we could just hand the trophy to Rory McIlroy and move on to Hoylake. He was dialed in to start the tournament, making eight birdies on his way to an opening 64, but his Friday woes continued when he posted an ugly 7-over 77 to really fall out of contention for the remainder of the week. Rory has talked about how he needs to avoid those big rounds if he hopes to win more tournaments, and that second round has been the one that has haunted him the most.