Golf’s surprising winners, from Rickie to Rory to Butch

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Rickie Fowler didn't quite win the tournament, but hey — close enough for now, right?

Rickie Fowler didn’t quite win the tournament, but hey — close enough for now, right?

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Welcome to the Monday Finish, where we’re wearing orange this week to celebrate Halloween — and the return of Rickie Fowler.


Life comes at you fast.

I got married last week. It was a blast. And we followed that with a weeklong road trip up the California coastline, which meant that for a second consecutive week, I succeeded in watching exactly zero golf. Now? Candidly, I’m doing great but also still fending off the post-wedding emotional hangover! There’s a pretty serious comedown after gathering a whole bunch of your favorite people in one place for a big party. To top things off, I turn 30 today, and I have never particularly liked my birthday, so I opened my laptop this morning facing down a new decade of existential dread.

But you didn’t come here to watch me grapple with the inexorable passage of time. You came, I hope, to read about the golf. Good news: I have now spent an adequate amount of time catching up on that exact subject. I tell you this for the sake of full transparency and also to set up the rest of today’s Monday Finish. Because here’s the thing: I’m guessing you might not have watched very much golf these past two weeks, either. Let’s work through what we missed, together!


Who won the (two) week(s)?

Rory McIlroy’s identity

There’s a perfect version of his character arc where Rory McIlroy taps back into his original playing identity, rediscovers his mojo and goes on a winning tear. I’ve seen only replays, but it seems like last week marked a step on that journey?

“I think part of the sort of emotion at the end of it was to do with that week, but it was also probably to do with the last few months in terms of searching to try to get better,” he said after winning the CJ Cup. He was talking about his recent frustrations, about his emotional Ryder Cup, about trying to find it. “Sort of the realization that I don’t need to search for anything; it’s all right here.”

It’s all right there. Nowhere like Vegas to do some soul-searching, eh?

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