By: Pro From Dover
2010…you had to see it to believe it. Here are just a handful of the curiosities:
- Phil and Tiger winning just one tournament between them? Tiger can’t remember a year when he didn’t win a tournament. And if we forecast zero for 2010 for Eldrick, we would have figured Phil would win a few.
- A couple of 59’s? Stuart Appleby and Paul Goydos did it and we certainly couldn’t have made that call.
- The Majors winners! Okay, Phil figures at the Masters, but Ireland’s Graeme McDowell at Pebble for the US Open? South Africa’s Louis Oothuizen wins The Open at St. Andrews leading most of the way and Germany’s Martin Kaymer takes advantage of a goof by Dustin Johnson at Whistling Straights to win the PGA. If you put anything down with Ladbrokes on those outcomes you’d be finishing your new house on the French Riviera about now.
- The Dustin Johnson brain cramp on the 72nd hole at the PGA was painful. He grounded his club in a bunker and the penalty cost him a spot in the play off. But redemption was his through the way he handled the situation with class and dignity. It’s what makes our game special.
- And speaking of grace and integrity, a journeyman pro, Brian Davis, called a penalty on himself which no one would ever have seen. He was in a playoff with Jim Furyk at Hilton Head and he barely grazed an embedded but dead reed in a hazard as he started his back swing. It likely didn’t cost him the win since Furyk was in good shape already, but nevertheless he called it.
- Lee Westwood finishes the year number one in the world! Really? Really.
- Europe wins the Ryder Cup. About the only thing yours truly got right this year.
- US loses fashion face in Wales. The rain suits? Names on their shoulders? Besides being ugly, they leaked! Mrs. Pavin, that’ll be a five minute major.
- The tempestuous Jonathan Byrd wins in Las Vegas on the fourth play off hole with an ace which half the fans couldn’t see because of gathering darkness.
- World class players opt for the European Tour in 2011 over the PGA. Rory McIlroy, among several, is staying closer to home. It’s not quite as big a deal as it appears because of loopholes creating playing opportunities over here but it’s still different.
- Bubba Watson emerges as an entertaining, talented fan fave. We hope he has the game to stay around. There’s far too much vanilla on the tour.
We’re in the winter doldrums but just think, the winners from 2010 tee it up January 6th in Hawaii and the whole carnival begins again.