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Heroes and Zeroes
Edited by Alan Shipnuck
June 24, 2002
It wouldn't be a major without SI's roundup of the week's champs and chumps
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June 24, 2002

Heroes And Zeroes

It wouldn't be a major without SI's roundup of the week's champs and chumps

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The blue coats deserve criticism for the over-the-top carries required on the 10th and 12th holes, but they did have the vision to bring the Open to Bethpage. Expect the Black to take its place in the rotation, even at the expense of another New York-area course.

Nooo Yawk fans
The teeming masses brought an unprecedented energy to the staid U.S. Open but were restrained and respectful on Sunday.

The Millers
Johnny was at his excitable best on Saturday, drafting on the crowd's energy, while son Andy made the cut and scored an ace to boot.

Nick Faldo
Nasty Nick not only justified his special exemption by tying for fifth, but he also turned into a jolly fan favorite, complete with an I [LOVE] NY hat.

The British Open
The biggest tournament in the world just got bigger, with a Grand Slam in the offing for the first time in 30 years.

Martina and Elin got nearly as much airtime as their famous squeezes.

Jeff Maggert
He reemerged after three years in the abyss. Bonus points for recovering from a shank on the 3rd hole on Sunday.

Short-sleeved rain jackets
The newest trend in golf apparel received prime-time exposure during a stormy second round.

Phil Mickelson
Yes, Lefty came up short (again), but just as at this year's Masters, he avoided the big blowup, confirming his overdue maturation. Throw in the adoring crowds serenading him with Father's Day greetings and birthday wishes—Mickelson turned 32 on Sunday—and sometimes even a loser can feel like a winner.

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