What We Learned: World-class golf in ... November?


Each week, GolfChannel.com offers thoughts on 'what we learned' from the world of golf. In this edition, our writers weigh in on the surprising world-class golf that we are witnessing so late in the year and Adam Scott's crowded closet.

It’s Nov. 17, and world-class golf is being played all over the globe. One of the last weekends of 2013 has this scribe wishing the calendar would already flip to 2014.

Henrik Stenson, the world No. 3, won the Dubai double dip to cap one of the best seasons in recent memory.

Adam Scott, the world No. 2, captured the second leg of the Aussie Slam and his fourth title of the year.

Lexi Thompson, still just 18, earned her third career victory on the LPGA, and her second in her last four starts

Harris English, 24, validated his victory five months ago inMemphis with an emphatic four-shot romp in Mexico.

These were the kind of performances that made you think their best – majors, anyone? – is yet to come. Bring on 2014. - Ryan Lavner

It was the incomparable Happy Gilmore who once uttered the immortal, immoral words, "Gold jacket, green jacket. Who gives a ..." Well, you know the rest. As it turns out, the answer to his rhetorical question is Adam Scott. That's who. Watching the world's second-ranked player knock down flagsticks (almost literally on the 17th hole) to successfully defend his Australian Masters title, one thought came to mind: How does this guy not win every week? The easy answer to yet another rhetorical question is his putter, but the world's best ball-striker only needs to be halfway decent with his broomstick to earn trophies these days – or jackets, as the case may be. And he isn't stopping anytime soon. Scott has 25 months to keep piling up wins before he has to pull anchor. The next one may not be too far off, either. With two legs of the Aussie triple crown already down, Scott said with a smile, "You can't win 'em all if you don't win the first two." That's a quote even Happy Gilmore would like. – Jason Sobel

If Lexi Thompson keeps warming to her putter, there will be a new force to reckon with in the women’s game.

Since making a simple change in her setup with her putter two months ago, Thompson, 18, has won two of her last four LPGA starts, including Sunday’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational. The win will likely vault her into the top 10 in the Rolex world rankings for the first time, bumping her over Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer as the second highest ranked American behind Stacy Lewis. Notably, Thompson beat Lewis in a back-nine duel in Mexico this weekend, boosting Thompson’s confidence and Lewis’ awareness that there may be another force to reckon with in the women’s game. - Randall Mell