After watching the U.S. Open the past four days, I am struck by two remaining thoughts: 1. Jungle Bird is a treasure and should immediately begin making plans to squawk during the Miami Heat's postgame interviews if they win the title, and 2. I'm not sure when it happened, but the PGA Tour is slowly morphing into the NCAA's Division I men's lacrosse division.
Yes, a wave of flow, or lettuce, or whatever you want to call it, is currently sweeping through the ranks of the best golfers in the world. But which golfers had the best flow at Olympic?
Let's break it down in the highly scientific fashion that this topic deserves, giving weight to both the quality of the flow and the performance of the golfer attached to the flow at the tournament.
No. 9, Rory McIlroy: The curly-haired Irishman put on a poor title defense this year, and his spot in the flow power rankings has suffered as a result. Also hurting his rankings: said curly hair.
Finished: MC, +10.
No. 8, Graeme McDowell: McDowell has more of a base flow, but when you play as well as he did coming down the stretch, you make the last hour of the U.S. Open incredibly fun to watch, earning a spot on our rankings.
Finished: T-2, +2.
No. 7, Aaron Baddeley: Australians on the PGA Tour have been at the forefront of the flow game for years now (thanks, most likely, to their George Washington of Golf Lettuce, Greg Norman), and Badds couples his always underwhelming golf game with some of the best flow on tour.
Finished: MC, +14.
No. 6, Jason Dufner: Dufner is a superstar-in-the-making, and his flow is underrated.
Finished: T-4, +3.
No. 5, Bubba Watson: Not the best round for Bubba, but our memories of the Masters ensures he has to at least land a top-five spot in these power rankings.
Finished: MC, +9.
No. 4, Ernie Els: Els is 42-year-old, but, as our friend Jared Freid Tweeted on Sunday, "If Els had a lax helmet on right now he'd look great. #lettuce." Kudos to Ernie for rocking the old guy flow well, and turning back the clock on Sunday with a more-than-solid round.
Finished: 9, +4.
No. 3, Rickie Fowler: The young gun matches his possibly ironic creep-show 'stache and chin beard with a top-3 flow in the game.
Finished: T-41, +11.
No. 2, Jason Day: He didn't have the best four days out there, but Day is week-in and week-out the golfer who looks most like he belongs on New Jersey prep school lax team.
Finished: T-60, +15.
No. 1, Webb Simpson: Few things compliment a bro's flow better than a championship trophy. Congrats, Webb.
Finished: 1, +1.
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