There were many newsworthy items in the 2011 golf world and obviously I can’t mention all of them. But here are a few which stand out in my mind, with relevant links to the original HOG posts. Part One of my look back at the golf world of 2011 covers professional golf, January to June. Part two, tomorrow, covers July to December.
2011 was a year of parity. No player won more than two times on the PGA Tour in 2011.
The official world golf rankings were about as volatile as John Daly in a Hooters. The #1 golfer in the world position seemed like a hot potato, switching from Lee Westwood to Martin Kaymer to Lee Westwood to Luke Donald.
Ben Crenshaw recorded a 59, his 59th birthday.
The billion dollar Tiger Woods golf project in Dubai is scrapped – Abandoned Dunes.
People freak out because Bubba Watson wears a $525K watch which was loaned to him by watch sponsor.
Tiger Woods puts his yacht “Privacy” up for sale for $20 million. My attempts to get 20 million people to each chip in $1 and buy it with me fail.
During a time when Tiger Woods’s swing was not working well, the Tiger Woods golf swing app is released.
I interview Fred Funk. What a cool cat.
Charl Schwartzel wins the 2011 Masters with amazing string of four birdies on the last four holes.
Rookie Keegan Bradley records first win of PGA Tour career at the HP Byron Nelson and I WAS THERE.
HP invites me to cover the HP Byron Nelson Championship as resident blogger and social media expert. What a blast.
One of my favorite players on this planet, K.J. Choi, won THE PLAYERS Championship.
Golf world saddened as legend Seve Ballesteros died at the young age of 54. RIP Seve. You will be missed and always remembered.
Rory McIlroy destroys the field at the US OPEN shooting 16 under par and blowing away Tiger Woods previous US OPEN record score of -12. McIlroy set a number of records which may never be broken. I doubt Congressional will hold another major.
After 354 tries, Harrison Frazar finally wins a PGA Tour event. If at first you don’t succeed, try 354 more times.