Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On the continued absence of Tiger Woods ...
While the news that Woods’ continued rehab from multiple back procedures will keep him from his day job drew plenty of interest, it wasn’t the “breaking” event it once would have been.
Perhaps Woods’ ongoing health issues have dulled the prospect of a great comeback, or maybe it’s the combination of so many young and compelling players filling a void many thought could never be topped off.
Either way, it turns out golf does go on without Tiger. – Rex Hoggard
On the success of the second International Crown ...
The UL International Crown remains a curiosity, with its unique and complicated format, but if you like women’s golf, it’s worth the investment to figure out how the damn thing works.
The flags of the eight competing nations remain its magic ingredient. You saw it again this week, how the flags and national anthems separate this from a Presidents Cup format, which the LPGA could have tried to copy. While the Presidents Cup can seem coldly contrived, the International Crown proved naturally heated yet again.
Once you start watching closely, you see how nationalist passions trump any complications in the format. It makes all the difference. – Randall Mell
On the future of Jon Rahm ...
Remember a few months ago, when Bryson DeChambeau was the toast of the town and subject of some longshot Ryder Cup discussion? As it turns out, he might not even win the non-existent award as breakthrough newcomer of the year.
Jon Rahm spotted DeChambeau a few starts, delaying his professional debut until after the U.S. Open, but Rahm has quickly adjusted to the play-for-pay scene. He now has a pair of top-3 finishes in his first four starts as a pro, putting him on the cusp of earning a PGA Tour card for next season.
While DeChambeau dazzled in his pro debut at the RBC Heritage, he has been largely quiet since and now seems destined for a trip to the Web.com Tour Finals this fall. Rahm, though, could earn the fast-track status that DeChambeau once appeared headed for, and it makes for an interesting debate over which former top-flight amateur could have the best pro career.
Both players brought plenty of hardware with them from their amateur days, but it’s Rahm – with his bombing drives and stellar short game – who now appears to have the inside track on the pro scene. – Will Gray