Up & Down

Asterisks*, breakups and Ryder Cup futures
August 17, 2008

Padraig Harrington
After winning three of the last six majors and two in a row, the Paddy wagon has definitely turned a corner.

Sergio García
Another brutal ending, but the only thing that looks more improved than his fashion sense is his putter, both of which will make him easier to watch in the future.

U.S. Open
The perennial king of the grind-it-out bogeyfests proved to be the most exciting and memorable of all the majors this year.

Ben Curtis
A career journeyman with a fluke major win, he now has three Tour W's and four top 10s at majors, establishing him as a career journeyman who occasionally plays great.

Downpours
Saturday's washout was a bummer for anyone who didn't want to watch 37 hours of Olympic beach volleyball, but the deluge opened the door for some Sunday scoring, which set up the tense finish.

Non-Americans
Players from nine countries other than the U.S. were represented among the top 12; four of the top 10 were likely Euro Ryder Cuppers.

Lip-ins
Which bubblers played their way into the Ryder Cup, or at least moved up the list? Curtis is in on the U.S. side. For Europe, Sergio and Justin Rose are in, while Ian Poulter (right) and Paul Casey rose.

InvisiPhil
It's hard to argue that Mickelson is currently the second-best player in the world. Tiger Woods is out, and Phil still can't buy an asterisk.

Vijay Singh
Despite a win at Firestone, Singh squelched any thoughts of a rebirth when he missed the weekend by so much that he couldn't touch the cut line with his belly putter.

Glory
If the PGA is "glory's last shot," then that elevated state of being died a sloowww death last week (official cause: strangulation by rough). There was nothing glorious out there, with the possible exception of Camilo Villegas's hair.

Adam Scott
He missed the cut, putting the capper on a season that includes a breakup, a broken hand and a mystifying, lingering illness. B'day mate.

Kerry Haigh
The PGA course wrangler won praise for a sensible setup last year but then put extra teeth in the Monster. What are we going to get next year?

Kentucky
Bluegrass bummer: Kenny Perry scratched himself, first in the eye and then from the tournament; J.B. Holmes imploded on Sunday.

Lip-outs
Who were the losers in the Cup derby? Holmes dropped, and Steve Stricker made the cut but fell off the U.S. team, while for the Euros, Soren Hansen and Martin Kaymer hurt their standings with missed cuts.

For news, scores and photos from the Wyndham Championship, go to GOLF.com.

PHOTOFRED VUICH (HARRINGTON) PHOTOFRED VUICH (CURTIS) PHOTOSIMON BRUTY (MICKELSON) PHOTODAVID WALBERG (SINGH) PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (SCOTT) PHOTONASA/CORBIS (GLOBE) PHOTOBOB MARTIN (POULTER)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)