Drama on the Pacific Coast wrapped up the competitive golf weekend, as Tyler Strafaci and Ollie Osborne dueled through occasional rolling fog at Bandon Dunes before Strafaci won the U.S. Amateur on the 36th hole. Earlier in the day, in Scotland, Stacy Lewis returned to the winner's circle for the first time since the birth of her daughter nearly two years ago.
Stirring, championship-level efforts in both cases. Which is something Jordan Spieth openly covets yet continues to find elusive. More than three years removed from his last victory, the 27-year-old Texan with three major championships on his résumé tells our Ron Green Jr. that he's seeing light where there was darkness.
Spieth played into the weekend at the Wyndham Championship, but was miles from the top of the leaderboard. That's where Jim Herman dialed it in for the last two rounds (61-63) to claim the third PGA Tour victory of his career.
Lewis emerged from a four-way playoff at the Ladies Scottish Open with a birdie on the first extra hole to claim her title. Meanwhile, with the women's game remaining in Scotland for this week's AIG Women's Open, Lewine Mair reports that LPGA rookie Haley Moore is earning fans with her stand against bullying as well as positive reviews for her game.
On the European Tour, young Sam Horsfield made it two wins in two weeks with a two-stroke victory at the Celtic Classic. On PGA Tour Champions, Jerry Kelly notched his seventh victory on that circuit (and first in a major) at the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship.
John Steinbreder profiles Tom "Hollywood" Henderson, the PGA professional from Connecticut who is finding that as his love of the game deepens it also is taking him in directions he had not anticipated.
Back in Oregon, Strafaci became the second consecutive Georgia Tech player to win the Havemeyer Trophy. His victory came at the end of a U.S. Amateur week in which the unusual and the extraordinary were on full display.
Finally, in this week's installment of the Divot, Ron Green Jr. ruminates on the reality of the patron-less week that awaits us in three months in Augusta, Georgia.