23 Aug '11, 2pm

Hot this week? Couples, long putters, 'Big Break.' Not? USGA, FedEx hype

HOT 1. Long wands. Is there anybody on Tour not using a belly putter or broomstick? They're not aesthetically pleasing but apparently they work. 2. "The Big Break." And you thought it was just a cheesy Golf Channel show. Well, it is that, but with the sudden success of Tommy Gainey and Ryann O'Toole, James Nitties and J.J. Killeen, "BB" has become golf's "American Idol," launching the unlikely careers of would-be stars. 3. Freddie. He's still the coolest cat in the game. 4. Suzann Pettersen. One of golf's most flammable players has suddenly won two tourneys in a row with crazy-low Sundays. Don't be surprised if Pettersen wins a handful more tourneys in the coming months. 5. Plainfield Country Club. The host of this week's Barclays is one of the Northeast's overlooked gems. I love the way this tourney rotates among the many strong courses around New York City. Next stop: Be...

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