by Jeff Skinner
Story of the Year: What else can it be but Tiger-Gate! Tiger and his Escalade and escapades dominated the news on and off the course all season. Beware…Tiger’s game is coming around and 2011 will have little in common with is 2010 season.
Shot of the Year: With all due respect to Philly Mick’s magical play off the pine straw, Jonathan Byrd tops Phil on this one. Byrd’s ace on the fourth playoff hole of the Timberlake takes top honors. A hole in one to win a tournament will win that one every time.
Comeback Player of the Year: I have to split this one between two golfers that may argue that they had even gone anywhere to comeback from. Ernie Els found his form and won twice on tour this year and finished third on the money list. David Duval earned enough to finish 106th on the money list and get his card back for 2011. With Double D able to pick his spots now he’ll soon be back where he says he wants to be: winning on the PGA Tour.
Tough Luck Player of the Year: Who else can it be but Dustin Johnson? He imploded during the final round of The US Open and then got grounded in that bunker at The PGA. All was not lost for DJ though; he had already won at Pebble and found enough inner strength to pocket the BMW Championship.
Most Amazing Win of The Year: Forty eight year old Rocco Mediate eagled his way to a win at The Frys.com Open. Roc hadn’t won in eight years and was hoping for a bridge to The Champions Tour and he got it. Rocco got just what he needed: a two year exemption on the PGA Tour.
Personality of The Year: This one could have gone to “Smiling Matt Kuchar” or “You Tube Phenom Bubba Watson” or the “Celtic Tiger, Rory McIlroy” all are deserving but they all tie for second place here. Rickie Fowler may not have won on tour this year but he certainly made his mark. Fowler plays with the soul of Trevino, fast and loose. He shapes the ball like few guys can today and takes no time to play his shot. On top of that he’s the most recognizable golfer since Payne Stewart, we won’t include John Daly as a golfer in this case. Fowler enjoys life on the course and has fun off it. He can take the PGA Tour a long way for years to come.
Quote of the Year: If you can forget all that Tiger crap it’s easy. Jeff Overton let loose with it at The Ryder Cup, “Boom Baby!”