2011 Year in Review: Golf
There was Luke Donald. Donald did something that had never been done in golf. He successfully won the 2011 PGA Tour and European Tour money lists this year, being a dual tour member. He won the PGA Tour Player of the Year award. His model of consistency was stunning, but was it his career year? A lot will be known in 2012 if he is able to snag that elusive first major championship. For now, we wait and see if Luke can top his performance in 2011.
There was Tiger Woods. Yes, he still was a big story, mainly because he managed to carry a lot of sucky golf over from 2010’s disaster to this season. We watched and waited all season long. He teased us on Sunday at Augusta (coming up short) and at the Presidents Cup. Withdraws at the Players, fires his caddie, misses the cut at the PGA in August, and then the speculation continued to run rampant through the fall. He did indeed finish the Tour season without a win (again), but notched an unofficial “silly season” win at his host tournament in California. He needs to get it in shape fast, or else 2012 could literally make Tiger Woods irrelevant…
There was Rory McIlroy, who imploded at The Masters. Then, he pulled a 180 and romped the field by 8 shots at the next major, the U.S. Open. The 22-year-old in tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, to form the unstoppable “Roryacki” celebrity couple. Duh.
There was Bill Haas. Underneath it all, Haas was the golfer who walked with the $10 million prize from the FedexCup (seemingly out of nowhere). He hit the shot of the year in 2011:
Lexi Thompson, the teenie bopper who is looking to follow in the path of Michele Wie and be a letdown. She protested for a special LPGA membership, and got one in 2012.
Sergio Garcia, coming back from the dead to win in two consecutive events in Spain on the European Tour. Here’s to a revamped Sergio in 2012 with a new hot girlfriend!
David Toms, who shtoinked (sp?) a 3 footer to lose the Players, comes right back the next tourney out and wins at The Colonial. Good on ya to the grizzly veteran…
…and Fred Couples, who complains about a bad back, grows out the gray hair, and still routinely shoots 67’s and 68’s on the PGA Tour’s toughest courses at the age of 52. Damn.
That puts a wrap on the golf season.