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by Brian Hewitt

This was the weekend that was.

Henrik Stenson successfully defended in Dubai at the European Tour’s season ender.

Lydia Ko, a 17-year-old rookie, banked a cool million, first prize for the seasonlong points race, at the LPGA’s final 2014 event.

Tiger Woods named a new swing coach, the relatively unknown Chris Como.

And Suzy Whaley made history, becoming the first woman elected as a PGA of America officer.

The biggest bounce for a tour was Ko. The biggest surprise was Como. The biggest achievement was Whaley. The biggest wedge was the one Stenson stiffed on the 72nd hole for a winning birdie.

(Ko also pocketed $500,000 more late Sunday for winning the CME Group Tour Championship in a playoff.)

Meanwhile, a personal view on the Woods/Dan Jenkins fake Q&A that went triple viral last week:

First, for those who weren’t amused: Satire, by definition, isn’t always laugh-out-loud funny. The great literary satirists – Swift, Orwell, Twain, et al. – wrote with pointed pens that often were more poisonous than humorous.

That said, Jenkins’ style works better when he’s picking off targets than it does when he’s lashing out at them.

For his part, Tiger had every right to defend himself. Surprisingly, it was with more candor than we’ve ever seen from him. But in the main, he got from Jenkins what he had coming. The truth hurts and methinks Woods doth protest too much.

As a tactic, his response was a mistake. It enabled and enlivened a parody that was, otherwise, quietly going away.

Should we now expect the ill-advised Woods to dump his Rasputin of an agent, Mark Steinberg? Probably not.

But even the Medici family eventually banished Machiavelli.

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