2010 was a hell of a year on many levels. I’m going to break it down into three categories: The Golf World, HOG and Personal. Today’s post will be The Golf World category.
Man did a lot of amazing things happen in the 2010 golf world!? There are so many threads to the Tiger Woods story, which by every account on nearly every golf media outlet, was the biggest story of the year.
Not a lot of fist pumps in 2010 for TW.
Here’s a quick bullet list of all that which comprises the Tiger story for 2010, in no particular order. I’m sure I’m missing something, but these are straight out of my cerebral cortex:
The Tiger Woods divorce.
The big televised apology.
Sponsors dropping Tiger, resulting in an estimated $48 million drop in earnings for TW.
The mistresses and all of their whackiness, trying to find some way of milking TW or whoever else’s tit they could suckle.
Tiger loses #1 ranking to Lee Westwood, on Halloween.
Tiger plays the entire calendar year of 2010 without a win.
Tiger on another losing Ryder Cup team.
Tiger changes putters from the Scotty Cameron to the Nike Method.
Tiger’s return at The Masters. I watched him on the Tuesday practice round.
Tiger records worst 18 hole score of his professional career.
Tiger’s coach Hank Haney resigns, clarifying that it was his decision and not Tiger’s.
Guy tries to sell Tiger’s Titleist irons on ebay for $250,000.
Tail of the Tiger golf balls come out, creator sued by TW mistresses.
Tiger fails to qualify for the Tour Championship.
Though he doesn’t typically play it anyway, he doesn’t qualify for the Hyundai Championship (formerly The Mercedes) in Hawaii.
Tiger posts his first twitter tweet.
New photos of Tiger Woods home are released, complete with golf practice facility in the back yard.
Dustin Johnson had a tough, but great year
Dustin Johnson had two majors in the palm of his hands but couldn’t seal the deal. He had a three shot lead on Sunday at the US OPEN but eventually lost that by going triple-bogey, double-bogey (including a shanked chip), to eventual winner Graeme McDowell.
PGA Championship’s “Bunker Gate” was one of the craziest finishes I’ve seen in a major championship. The grounding of the club by DJ on that 18th hole approach which cost him a penalty and a spot in the playoff was mind boggling.
Later DJ won the BMW during the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Furyk won the FedEx Cup and all the cash
Jim Furyk was steady Eddie all year, and proved that the tortoise wins the race. Despite being DQ’d for missing a pro-am after sleeping in, Jim won the FedEx cup and the $10 million prize. Hey Jim, got any spare cash I can borrow?
As I predicted, the USA Ryder Cup team lost to Europe. At the end, it turned out to be a closer match than I anticipated and the finish was exciting. Hunter Mahan felt the pressure and didn’t perform as well as he wanted, and in the post round interviews was so shaken up that he couldn’t really talk.
Two 59’s This Year
Stuart Appleby (comeback player of the year) shot a 59 at the Old White course, Greenbriar Classic. Paul Goydos also shot a 59 at the John Deer.
Jail Time For Jim Thorpe
Champions Tour player Jim Thorpe was jailed for tax evasion.
33/1 odds to win the money title a 2nd year in a row
Matt Kuchar won the money title with a great surge at the end of the season. I vividly remember standing behind Matt on #15 at Augusta last April. Fun stuff.
Poulter won is first tournament on US soil thanks to a spectacular short game display.
Puerto Rico Open
I attended the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open, hung out with a bunch of PGA Tour guys and shot a lot of photos. Gained a new respect his raw talent when I followed around John Daly.
JD's pants were the story
Speaking of John Daly, it seems like JD’s pants were more of a story than his golf game in 2010.
In a very surprising and unexpected event, #1 LPGA player Lorena Ochoa retired in her prime.
I attend my first Masters practice round with my dad my son and my best friend. My group shoots over 1100 photos of Augusta National and the Masters! What a great experience.
Phil Mickelson won the 2010 Masters.
Speaking of Phil, he had the chance to gain the #1 world ranking but faded a bit in the latter half of the season. It was then revealed that Phil was diagnosed with severe psoriatic arthritis.
Acushnet sells Cobra to Puma.
"Tiger's bulging d*ck"
Tiger’s Bulging Dick?
Hot Golf Channel babe Win McMurry had a hilarious Freudian slip and talked about Tiger’s bulging “dick.”
Rory McIlroy’s 62
At Quail Hollow, Rory McIlroy fired a stunning 62 to win.
Excuse me? Fetch you a tissue? Louis Oosthuizen wins the (British) Open Championship at St. Andrews.
In a very strange and mysterious event, Erica Blasberg was found dead in her residence in Las Vegas.
A guy wearing a fake wig, mustache and smoking a cigar was seen in the crowd at the Ryder Cup in a picture where Tiger Woods hit the photographer.
“Cigar Guy” was born and became a huge sensation all over the web.
It is time for the end of year top stories in the world of golf, both public and personal. Help me out and post what you think the top stories of the year were in pro golf, equipment, your game etc.
Here are a few for the list.
Tiger Woods (divorce, bad play, public apology, first tweet, loses #1 ranking, losing sponsors)
Phil Mickelson wins Masters.
Young guns on tour, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson etc
Dustin Johnson (Pebble meltdown, PGA bunkergate)
Furyk wins FedEx Cup
Lorena Ochoa retires
All black drivers and all white putters are the gear rage
Europe wins Ryder Cup
Let’s hear your input on this folks! What are your biggest stories in your personal golf world? Comment in.
Fred Couples Tees Off On #10 At Augusta National
Robert Allenby (Australia)(17)
Stuart Appleby (Australia)(16)
# Arjun Atwal (India)(16)
Ricky Barnes (11)
Jason Bohn (16)
Angel Cabrera (Argentina)(1,2)
Paul Casey (England)(13,17)
Alex Cejka (Germany)(12)
K. J. Choi (Korea)(11,17)
#* David Chung (6-B)
Stewart Cink (3)
Tim Clark (South Africa)(5,17)
Fred Couples (1,11)
Ben Crane (17)
Ben Crenshaw (1)
# Jason Day (Australia)(16,17)
Luke Donald (England)(17)
Ernie Els (South Africa)(12,17)
Jim Furyk (16,17)
Sergio Garcia (Spain)(5)
Lucas Glover (2)
Retief Goosen (South Africa)(17)
Padraig Harrington (Ireland)(3,4)
# Gregory Havret (France)(12)
# Charley Hoffman (16,17)
Trevor Immelman (South Africa)(1,11)
#* Jin Jeong (Korea)(7)
Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain)(11)
Dustin Johnson (12,16,17)
Zach Johnson (1,14,16,17)
Martin Kaymer (Germany)(4,12)
Jerry Kelly (11)
Anthony Kim (11)
#* Lion Kim (9)
Matt Kuchar (12,16,17)
# Martin Laird (Scotland)(17)
Bernhard Langer (Germany)(1)
Davis Love III (12)
Sandy Lyle (Scotland)(1)
Hunter Mahan (11,16,17)
Steve Marino (11)
#* Hideki Matsuyama (Japan)(8)
Graeme McDowell (N. Ireland)(2)
Rory McIlroy (N. Ireland)(13,14,16)
Phil Mickelson (1,12,17)
Larry Mize (1)
Ryan Moore (11,17)
Kevin Na (17)
Geoff Ogilvy (Australia)(2,17)
Jose Maria Olazabal (Spain)(1)
Mark O’Meara (1)
Louis Oosthuizen (S. Africa)(3)
# Jeff Overton (17)
Ryan Palmer (17)
Carl Pettersson (Sweden)(16)
Ian Poulter (England)(11)
Justin Rose (England)(16,17)
Adam Scott (Australia)(16,17)
Vijay Singh (Fiji)(1)
* Nathan Smith (10)
Brandt Snedeker (12)
Craig Stadler (1)
Henrik Stenson (Sweden)(5,13)
# Kevin Streelman (17)
Steve Stricker (16,17)
David Toms (11)
#* Peter Uihlein (6-A)
Bo Van Pelt (17)
Camilo Villegas (Colombia)(17)
Nick Watney (11,17)
Bubba Watson (14,16,17)
Tom Watson (1)
Mike Weir (Canada)(1)
Lee Westwood (England)(11,13,16)
Tiger Woods (1,2,3,4,11,12)
Ian Woosnam (Wales)(1)
Y. E. Yang (Korea)(4,11)
# = First Masters
* = Amateur
A number after the name indicates how the player qualified and corresponds to the list below.
Furky wins PGA Tour POY
Congratulations to Jim Furyk, winner of the PGA Tour player of the year. Well done. Bravo! Bravo! I predicted Jim would be the man a while back. Isn’t it great that you can make predictions, but only brag when they’re right?
Kuchar wins Vardon and Palmer awards
My friends at Bridgestone Golf must be very excited. Their man Matt Kuchar won the Vardon Trophy (for lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour) and also the Arnold Palmer Trophy (winning the most money at $4.1 million, on the PGA Tour).
Matt Kuchar must be feeling the mojo of having me stand three feet behind him at the Tuesday Masters practice round on #15. That’s why he played so well from that point on. He had HOG mojo. I’ll take the credit.
Speaking of awards, give the Byron Nelson to Freddie Couples
Speaking of awards, another notch in Bridgestone’s cap is credited for Fred Couples, who won the Byron Nelson award. That award is for the lowest scoring average on the Champions Tour. Freddie shattered the old scoring record of 68.58 by averaging an amazing 67.97. It must have been the shoes.
Is everyone OKAY? Anything new? Has hell frozen over? Planets all aligned correctly? Aliens landed?
Lee Westwood has taken over the world #1 spot over Tiger Woods as of yesterday. That may only last for one week though as Tiger, Phil Mickelson and Martin Kaymer are all playing in the HSBC Champions event. With a win in the HSBC, any of those three could take over the world #1 spot.
Are the world golf rankings a joke?
The world rankings have become a bit of a joke in my opinion. They haven’t really reflected who the #1 golfer in the world is for at least a year. My pal Armchair Golf Blog points out that Jack Nicklaus doesn’t care much for the world golf rankings either.
Who has played the best golf over the last year?
And yes, I too wonder how someone who hasn’t won a major can be world #1, though there was a time over the middle of this season when there was nobody on the planet playing better overall golf than Lee Westwood. You could have given Jim Furyk a few votes though.
Who does it really matter to the most?
Who would care about the rankings? I’d say the media, because they need something to talk about. Writers (and bloggers) need something to write about. I just typed four paragraphs about it.
I doubt Tiger Woods cares a bunch, except for the fact that he’ll have to endure the agony of fielding hundreds of dumb questions from the media about it.
Equipment manufacturers would really eat it up if their staff player was #1. So for now, PING (Westwood) has to be riding high. Nike, not so much.
World Golf Rankings Below
If you want to see who is in the top 50 world golf rankings, read below. I’ve read it twice now and I’m not happy. My name wasn’t in there. It is also interesting to note that only four of the top 10 players in the world are from the USA.