Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On Jordan Spieth's trip to Singapore ...
The question we’d love to ask Jordan Spieth right now: Was it worth it?
The kid is incredible, and he turns in a strong performance seemingly every week, but his trip to Singapore – for an Asian Tour event with a $1 million purse – turned into a headache. The heat and humidity were brutal, multiple delays led to early mornings and long days, and he wasn’t able to finish Sunday, the horn sounding before he could brush in his 5-footer on the last hole. Sure, it was just one more day, but last week Spieth said he was fatigued and now this means less time that he can recover at home before his busy early-season stretch continues with trips to Monterey, L.A., Miami, Tampa, Austin and Houston.
If there is a silver lining in his runner-up showing, it is this: At least he doesn’t have to defend next year. – Ryan Lavner
On Stacy Lewis' runner-up penchant ...
Stacy Lewis remains on one of the most extraordinary runs in golf today. Whether it’s extraordinarily maddening is something only she really knows, because she has played a lot of good golf for the last 18 months with no trophies to show for it.
With another near miss Sunday at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic, Lewis recorded her ninth second-place finish since her last victory in June 2014. If Lewis had never won before, there would be questions about her ability to close, but she has won 11 career titles, two of them majors.
Her effort closing out her victory in the Women’s British Open at St. Andrews was historically clutch, with her Sunday birdie at the Road Hole coming after one of the best shots under pressure you’ll ever see.
You can’t reasonably question Lewis’ heart with what she has already proven in the game. But you can wonder how she’s wrapping her head around all these second-place finishes, because it has to feel like purgatory to a proud champion wanting to hoist a trophy. - Randall Mell
On 'the best player without a major' ...
Rickie Fowler may be the consensus best player without a major, an argument bolstered by his victory last week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, but Branden Grace deserves a seat at that dubious table after another solid week.
Grace won the Qatar Masters on Sunday by two strokes for his seventh victory on the European Tour and his sixth consecutive top-10 finish.
The South African already established himself as a Grand Slam contender with his tie for fourth at last year’s U.S. Open and a third-place finish at the PGA Championship, but his play the last two months establishes him, alongside Fowler, as the best player without a major. - Rex Hoggard
On Dustin Johnson's tumble down the leaderboard ...
It may have gotten swept away in the winds and rain Sunday at Torrey Pines, but Dustin Johnson added to his recent stockpile of weekend scar tissue.
Johnson remains one of the most accomplished winners on Tour, but since he walked off the 72nd green at Chambers Bay, things have not quite been the same for him coming down the stretch. Much was written about his Open Championship collapse, when he faded from the lead with weekend rounds of 75-75 at St. Andrews. Less was written weeks later when he backpedaled with rounds of 75-76 at Firestone.
This time, DJ entered the weekend within a shot of the lead at the Farmers Insurance Open on a burly course that seems ideally suited for his game. But he dropped back with a third-round 74, then bogeyed nine of his first 12 holes Sunday amid terrible conditions.
This particular high score was somewhat understandable given the weather, but it underscores a troubling trend for Johnson as he continues to look for his first win since letting the U.S. Open sliip away. - Will Gray