After Further Review: No such thing as momentum?


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on the unlikely champion at the, Jarrod Lyle's big week and a missed opportunity at the Portugal Masters.

Perhaps there is no such thing as momentum on the PGA Tour. After all, Sang-Moon Bae won the Open this week after going almost 18 months without a top-10 finish. He played the final round at Silverado alongside Zac Blair, who missed the cut at the first three Tour Finals before a runner-up finish out of nowhere at the last event earned him a PGA Tour card. And the top rookie this week was Jon Curran, who missed nine of his last 10 cuts.

Among the game’s best players, the difference in raw talent is microscopic. Sometimes one swing key, one good round – even one good bounce – is all a player needs to move from slamming his trunk to contending for a trophy. – Will Gray

It was a shame the Portugal Masters was shortened to 36 holes because of weather for, well, lots of reasons, but chief among them is that it robbed us of watching two more rounds of Nicolas Colsaerts in contention.

No offense to Alexander Levy, who was declared the champion, but during a time on golf's calendar when the game could use a boost from some characters in contention, a guy nicknamed The Dude suffices nicely.

When Colsaerts played in the Ryder Cup two years ago, he appeared destined for stardom, a long-hitting, cool-strutting guy far from the country club cookie-cutter that too often reaches such levels.

Let's hope his two low rounds in Vilamoura – which included a near-59 on Thursday – are just the beginning of more big things for The Dude. The game could use a few more like him. – Jason Sobel

As a two-time leukemia survivor it was always clear that Jarrod Lyle had a handle on how to persevere through unfavorable odds.

This week at the Open we learned he has a flair for the dramatic.

Lyle carded a 6-under 66 on Monday, needed two extra holes to earn a spot in the field at the season opener and followed with rounds of 72-70-71-70 to tie for 31st at Silverado in his first PGA Tour event in 29 months.

Lyle still has plenty of time to retain his Tour card, but the circuit could save some time and send this season’s Courage Award the Australian’s way. – Rex Hoggard