After Further Review: A good week for golf


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds. 

On Lydia Ko and the depth of the women's game ...

There are more big prizes to be won this year in women’s golf than ever before. With five major championships and the Olympics over the next six months, there’s no better time for a player to start heating up. Consider Lydia Ko red hot.

With Ko winning the ANA Inspiration Sunday, she is in position to try to own a year everyone wants to own. The thing is, the women’s game has never been deeper. Inbee Park showed signs this week that she’s ready to get into her typically strong summer form. Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, Ha Na Jang, Sei Young Kim, In Gee Chun, Suzann Pettersen, Brooke Henderson and Charley Hull are among players looking to challenge Ko. The fact that Ko is pulling away as Rolex world No. 1 with the women’s game so deep speaks to just how formidable her talent is. - Randall Mell

On the impact of Drive, Chip & Putt ...

Every few years golf’s best minds huddle in search of answers to find ways to bring more people to the game, and every few years those answers more often than not fall short. Sunday’s Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals at Augusta National was an exception to that trend.

Eighty boys and girls woke before dawn to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience at a place most will never see outside the confines of TV. Even more important is the impact the event has on kids sitting at home watching Sunday’s action and the motivational aspect it will have on future generations. - Rex Hoggard