Tuesday, December 20, 2011

2011 World Golf Player of the Year and Tournament of the Year

The 2011 golf season has finally come to an end. With so many great tournaments this year, it is going to be hard to pick the couple that really stand out to me. And the player of the year is even more up in the air.

For me, the player of the year should be a multiple tournament winner. They should be undoubtedly the best player on that tour in the given year. A major championship should be included in their 2011 resume. So who is my pick for 2011 player of the year? It is Yani Tseng. Yani is arguably the most dominant player in golf today. At 22 years old, she already has 5 major championships. This season alone she won the LPGA Championship and the Women's British Open. And she had a second place finish at The Kraft Nabisco Championship. Not only that, she won an astounding 11 times around the world this year. ELEVEN!!!! That includes 7 wins on the LPGA Tour amonst the world's best players, and 4 other worldwide wins. She is dominating the tour right not and the undoubted world #1.

The tournament of the year, for me, was The Masters. With the return of Tiger Woods to major championship golf, Phil Mickelson looking for another major, and many other storylines, this tournament did not disappoint. Rory McIlroy went into the final day with a nice sized lead, but could not hold on. His debacle after the turn was gut-wrenching. But his misfortune opened the door for all the other players. Tiger Woods shot 5 under on the front to grab a share of the lead, but could only break even on the back to fall short at 10 under along with Geoff Ogilvy. World #1 Luke Donald chipped in for birdie on 18 after hitting the flagstick with his approach to enter the group tied at 10 under. Adam Scott was playing about as good of golf as he has for a while, making birdies down the stretch. He finished the day at 12 under par, along with Jason Day. But the story of the day was Charl Schwartzel, whose 4 straight birdies to close out the round led him to victory. 4 straight birdies on 15-18 at Augusta National may never be equalled again to win the tournament. It was as clutch a performance as I had seen. The other majors had drama and record-breaking performances, but none could match the drama down the stretch at Augusta National.

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