Michael Whitmer’s look at the week in golf


Player of the week

Matt Fitzpatrick. Never before had a US Golf Association championship at The Country Club (all 15 of them) crowned anything but an American winner. That has finally changed, thanks to an unassuming teenager from England. Fitzpatrick was simply dominant. He easily qualified for match play, then dispatched six opponents rather handily, only once being extended past the 15th hole. There’s no telling what kind of professional career Fitzpatrick will have, but considering the class he showed and the way he played, The Country Club can proudly claim him as the 113th US Amateur champion.

Lefty out

A trip to Bermuda for 36 holes of stress-free golf and guaranteed last-place money of $200,000 still wasn’t enough to entice Phil Mickelson to play in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, reserved for the winners of the four men’s majors. The British Open champion cited an “end-of-season scheduling conflict,” and withdrew this week from the two-day event, which is Oct. 15-16 at Port Royal Golf Course. Adam Scott (Masters), Justin Rose (US Open), and Jason Dufner (PGA) will participate, and they’ll be joined by Padraig Harrington, who as the defending champion was in line for the first invitation if a fourth player was needed.

Math majors

At the end of every major championship season, it’s fun to see who consistently fared the best. Twelve players made the cut in all four majors, including three of the four champions (Justin Rose missed the cut at the British Open). Let’s use a point system — 1 point for a win, 10 points for 10th, etc. — and add them up. Lowest score wins. The “champion” might surprise you.


Henrik Stenson (18-21-2-3)44

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Jason Day (3-2-32-8)45

Jason Dufner (20-4-26-1)51

Adam Scott (1-45-3-5)54

Lee Westwood (8-15-3-33)59


Matt Kuchar (8-28-15-22)73

Tiger Woods (4-32-6-40)82

Brandt Snedeker (6-17-11-66)100

Dustin Johnson (13-55-32-8)108

Phil Mickelson (51-2-1-72)126


Sergio Garcia (8-45-21-61)135

Martin Kaymer (35-59-32-33)159

Tweet of the week

“@MattFitz94 Congrats on winning the US Amateur! See you at Augusta! Enjoy. Been a good year for us English boys in @USGA events!”

— US Open winner Justin Rose (@JustinRose99), in a message directed at Matt Fitzpatrick.

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