The Honda Classic, PGA National, FL - Justin Thomas $1.18M

There's no greater pressure than the announcer's curse.  Luke List is walking up the 18th Fairway looking to capture his first win. As if that is not pressure enough... in addition to a million dollar check, a winner on the PGA tour gets a slew of automatic invites. In addition to playing any event he wants, he gets Augusta, US Open, British Open, and the PGA.  But alas he succumbed with some wayward shots while JT piped 'em.  Wait'll next Sunday

Waste Management, Phoenix Open - Gary Woodland $1.24M

We need a hero. Parity is great and it is democratic to spread the wealth, but it is a natural human desire to get behind a winner. Except of course the New England Patriots. We like the underdog in team sports but a dominating individual fires us up.  Until it does not of course. Just hard to understand how fan favorite, Lefty, pushes it into the church pews on an easy tee shot. Ricky looked gut punched from the 10th hole on. Chez spewed the chicken bone… let’s face it, all these guys have talent but first and few time winners have to, just have to, get it right between their ears. Congrats Gary W.

Sony Open, Honolulu - Patton Kizzire, $1.116M

A missile alert was not enough to scare off Patton from his second win. But that was not nearly as scary as the TV coverage. Were they really on strike or fleeing to the bunkers? Easy to blame the powers that be, but I don’t. Public officials are damned if they do… let loose a missile alert and damned if they don’t, no evacuation orders after the Safeway.

OHL Classic - Play del carmen, Mex - Patton Kizzire $1.278M

As you drive down a sorta highway, sorta frontage road speckled with peeling billboards, corrugated tin shacks, and escaped roosters from Sanderson Farms you would never know that just beyond that jungled hedge is a resort a world away.  Carved through the mangrove hard against the gulf, Kizzire’s win is a testament to his focus on golf and not his surroundings. Us mere mortals would not be able to wait for that last putt to drop so we could enjoy a margy under a palapa on the playa.

Shriners, Las Vegas - Patrick Cantlay $1.224M

They may wear funny hats, but the good they do for kids is anything but. And Cantlay’s first tour win was right in that spirit coming off of injuries and the senseless death of his caddy and friend, Chris Roth. A little over a year ago Patrick was scraping away outside the top 1,000 and now is a PGA tour winner, shooting north like a rocket. What a difference a Sunday makes.

Sanderson Farms, Jackson, MS - Ryan Armour $774K

So, you win a chicken trophy. But tucked under that wing is a check for $774,000.  Sanderson farms is not the richest purse on tour, but a win is a win. We do find this sponsorship a little odd. Sanderson Farms chicken has national but limited distribution yet they are paying for national exposure. Furthermore, the majority of golf TV viewership is male, while the majority of food shoppers are female. They must serve some wicked wings at the hospitality tents

CJ Cup, Korea - Justin Thomas $1.665M

Many of us were surprised at how attractive this Korean course and its environs are. Younger tour players, who’s images of Korea are shaped by the North’s Kim Jong Un and older ones who probably recall a palette of gray and olive-drab of M.A.S.H. must have been pleased with verdant course and azure ocean at the Nine Bridges resort.

Certainly, Justin Thomas liked it.