After Further Review: Best LPGA rookie class ever?

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Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on an amazingly gifted LPGA rookie class, the greatness of Harbour Town Golf Links, the monkey that is no longer on Jim Furyk's back, and Jordan Spieth's commendable keeping of a commitment.


The LPGA’s rookie class may end up being the story of the year in women’s golf. The South Korean rookies, in particular, make this potentially the best rookie class the LPGA has ever seen. If you don’t want to see South Koreans taking over the women’s game, and there’s a large contingent of you, judging by reader comments, then you probably missed one of the wildest finishes in the men’s or women’s game. Rookie Sei Young Kim’s dramatic winning finish Saturday night in Hawaii made viewers jump out of their seats. I know, I was one of them. Her chipping in for an all-world par at the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Inbee Park was a crazy turn. Her following it by holing out from 154 yards at the first extra hole was doubly stunning. With Kim, Hyo Joo Kim, Ha Na Jang and Q Baek leading these South Korean rookies, you better get used to seeing them. - Randall  Mell


One of the most enduring golf courses on the PGA Tour delivered again on Sunday. Harbour Town Golf Links, home to the Heritage since it joined the circuit in 1969, has a history of identifying the best player, whether that player is bomber or a plodder. Consider that in his day Davis Love III was one of the Tour’s longest and collected five tartan jackets from 1987 to 2003. In recent years, however, it has been players with more measured games that have excelled at Harbour Town, like this year’s champion, Jim Furyk. Defying stereotypes, it might be the true sign of a great golf course. Rex Hoggard


It’s funny how one putt can shape perception. Jim Furyk made that 12-footer on the second extra hole at Harbour Town, and now he’s being praised for his grittiness and his persistence, for how he put aside four and a half years of disappointment and won his 17th title. But what if he had missed? What if he had made 10 birdies and it still wasn’t enough for the long-awaited win? Here’s guessing that the conversation would be a lot different, that the C-word would get thrown around, that he’d still be a punch line, this time because he couldn’t beat the 257th-ranked player in the world. Furyk deserved this win – he’s far too talented a player to go 100 starts between titles – but there is an added bonus here: Now he won’t have to deal with all of the here-we-go-again drama the next time he grabs the lead. Good for him. – Ryan Lavner


Jordan Spieth could have skipped out on the RBC Heritage this week and no one would have held it against him. He didn't. Once he showed up, he could have packed it in after an opening 74, gone home, and spent the weekend watching TV in his green jacket. He didn't. Instead, he closed with rounds of 62-68-70 to finish T-11. It's an admittedly low bar to judge character - asking a 21-year-old to go play Harbour Town knowing he can win money so long as he can tap into even 50 percent of his world-beating talent. But the new No. 2 honored his commitment, becoming the first Masters champ to play the following week since 2007, and then fought his way to a higher finish than anyone would've expected after Round 1. Again, it’s a low bar, but Spieth sailed over it when he could have easily, understandably, snuck under it. – Nick Menta