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Sunday, August 18, 2013
Updated: August 19, 2:23 PM ET
Dramatic weekend in world of golf

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There was wall-to-wall match play Sunday, from the Solheim Cup to the U.S. Amateur and even the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour. So what was the most enjoyable to watch?

Our scribes answer those questions and more in this week's edition of Monday Four-Ball.


1. Which was the most compelling golf tournament of the weekend?

Michael Collins, ESPN.com senior golf analyst: The Solheim Cup for two reasons. One, there was great golf being played. And two, it showed women behaving badly are not just on fake reality television shows, but on the golf course competing against one another.

Farrell Evans, ESPN.com senior golf writer: In Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, the Wyndham Championship had in a playoff two of the best young players in the game. The future looks bright for American golf.

Bob Harig, ESPN.com senior golf writer: The Solheim Cup, even with a lopsided result. It is always amazing how the team competition for both men and women brings out the best and worst in such accomplished players. Who'd have thought Stacy Lewis, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel would go 4-10-2?

Kevin Maguire, ESPN.com senior golf editor: The Solheim Cup. Team competitions bring out the most excitement in golf and this weekend's matches in Colorado were no different. Granted, these kinds of events could get old fast if they occur too often, but every other year is perfect for this format. Some players might have been a little over the top, but that doesn't diminish the overall quality of such high-intensity golf.


2. What surprised you the most at the Solheim Cup?

Michael Collins: I was surprised an exhibition that was supposed to highlight women's golf was an exhibition of slow play, bad officiating, and gamesmanship that could have embarrassed professional poker players.

Farrell Evans: Charley Hull, a 17-year-old English girl, beat the veteran Paula Creamer 5 and 4 in the Sunday singles. I didn't see that coming.

Bob Harig: Stacy Lewis. Just two weeks ago, she won the Women's Open in impressive style. She figured to be a force but was anything but at the Solheim Cup.

Kevin Maguire: The complete walkover by the Europeans. Weren't they the underdogs? Weren't the Americans defending home turf that they had never lost on before in this competition? A close second is how Caroline Hedwall did her best Ian Poulter impersonation by absolutely dominating in these matches. In third is how 17-year-old Charley Hull crushed Paula Creamer in Sunday singles, then asked for the American's autograph. The LPGA Tour should petition Hull to play its tour in 2014 instead of possibly the other way around.


3. Wyndham Championship winner Patrick Reed's wife Justine caddies for him. What's the biggest challenge in that on-the-course relationship?

Michael Collins: The biggest challenge is yet to come. We (caddies) all know golf has peaks and valleys. When the valleys come, caddies lose their jobs -- it's the nature of the business. Patrick's gonna fire his "caddie" and expect to have nice happy home life? Separating work and home is the biggest challenge.

Farrell Evans: It's got to be difficult for them to separate their marriage from the golf course. Perhaps it's the golf that makes their relationship work. One day they will start a family and she will have to give up carrying the bag.

Bob Harig: The challenge probably comes off the course. That is when a caddie and player go their separate ways, typically. They get away from what happened between the ropes. Keeping work separate from life cannot be an easy thing.

Kevin Maguire: Working outside the home with a spouse is never easy (or inside the home, for that matter). Now do it on national television and every little disagreement just got beamed across the globe. Patrick seems to have it figured out already as he said when they disagree on things like the reads of a putt, he goes with his wife's opinion because she's right most of the time. You'd think he's been married for years with that answer!


4. What's next for Jordan Spieth on the PGA Tour?

Michael Collins: Expect Jordan Spieth to not only make it to the Tour Championship, but contend in a playoff event. He's got rookie of the year all but locked up. Not bad for a guy who started the year with zero status on the PGA Tour.

Farrell Evans: Spieth is going to be a regular PGA Tour winner for years to come. With a win, two seconds and four other top-10s in 2013, he has proved that he can be a consistent performer.

Bob Harig: Amazingly, he has a chance to win the FedEx Cup after starting the year with no status on any tour. More realistically, he has to be a consideration for one of Fred Couples' Presidents Cup captain's picks. And getting some experience for an up-and-coming player seems like a good plan.

Kevin Maguire: He's clearly got to be on the short list for a Presidents Cup captain's pick. Even though Spieth lost in a playoff Sunday at the Wyndham Championship to Patrick Reed, the 20-year-old clearly has the intestinal fortitude to handle the pressures of international match play at the professional level. Here's to hoping he gets a shot at Muirfield Village in early October.