After Further Review: A feel-good LPGA story


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on a feel-good story on the LPGA Tour, the folly of declaring new eras on the PGA Tour, and an appreciation of golf course architecture that doesn't rely on pure length.

Kris Tamulis, 34, delivered one of the best stories of this LPGA season Sunday at the Yokohama Tire Classic in Prattville, Ala. In her 11th year on tour, in her 186th career start, she won her first LPGA title. She’s No. 125 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings and about to take a giant leap up. That’s just part of the feel-good story. This was a team triumph. She won four months after getting married. She won four-and-a-half months after her caddie, Thomas “Motion” Frank, lost his home in Houston to a fire after a lightning strike. She and other LPGA pros helped raised more than $14,000 to assist Frank in rebuilding. - Randall Mell

At the PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy bristled at the notion that golf had somehow moved into the “Jordan Era” in a fraction of the time it takes a cicada to mature. His point was valid, considering that golf careers are measured in decades, not days. On Sunday at The Barclays, that point became even clearer when Jason Day won his third event in his last four PGA Tour starts. The combined performances of Day, McIlroy and Spieth suggest there is something much more compelling brewing than a dominant run by just one player. - Rex Hoggard

At 6,964 yards, Plainfield Country Club is ridiculously short by modern PGA Tour standards. But the Donald Ross track suffered not at all from lack of length in The Barclays. With a couple of drivable par-4 holes, including the 18th, there were plenty of options for players to take, and more often than not, the layup route was more successful. A nice change from the standard bomb-and-gouge routine. Would that the Tour had more venues like this. - Al  Tays