If for some reason you haven’t read this week’s SI Golf Group’s PGA Tour Confidential, do it now. We kicked around Luke Donald’s come-from-behind victory at the Disney, which also won him the PGA Tour money title and made him the frontrunner in the Player of the Year race.
Other topics include: *Who needs a major the most? Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Steve Stricker or Dustin Johnson? Methinks Westy.
*Sergio kicked butt at his home course to post 27-under and win the Castellan Masters by 11 shots — it was his home course, so they’re the only greens he knows how to read! Still, very impressive victory. Could this trigger a major Sergio rejuvenation in 2012?
*Geoff Ogilvy, one of the most eloquent players in the game, criticized the way that Fred Couples went about picking Tiger Woods. Was Ogilvy on the mark or out of line? Um, on the money. Meanwhile, Greg Norman’s? — that’s another story.
*Yani captures her 7th LPGA victory and dominated by a five-shot margin, no less. Waiting for the next Tiger? She’s arrived…about six months ago. Will she dominate again in 2012? (Yes, duh!) Who will be her biggest rival? (Lexi Thompson, duh!)
*What will you remember most from 2011?
Hanger: McIlroy’s first major win.
Gorant: Got to be Rory at Congressional.
Herre: The first two majors. The way several players blew TW’s doors off on the back nine at Augusta had a distinct the-king-is-dead feel to it, and McIlroy’s win at the Open was the most overall impressive win of the year.
Shipnuck: I think 2011 will be remembered for the arrival of two transcendent talents, Rory and Lexi, and for the dominance of two players who should have fairly long runs at the top, Luke and Yani.
Lipsey: Tseng dominating, Woods being the captain’s pick and the chatter about that pick.
Godich: I’ll remember the quartet of remarkable majors: Schwartzel’s four-birdie finish at Augusta; Rory’s romp at Congressional; Clarke’s tear-jerking surprise at the British; and Bradley’s back-from-the-dead rally at the PGA in his first start in a major.
Ritter: Tiger’s failure to end his winless streak. For a couple of hours on Sunday at the Masters, Woods charged and many of us thought, “Is he back? Is this it?” Then Woods stalled, and his comeback never materialized the rest of the season.
Morfit: I’ll remember Rory at Congressional, and the fact that Donald, Simpson and Bill Haas each made more than $9 million between the PGA, the Euro tour and the FedEx Cup. That is baseball money.
Wei: Rory blowing it at the Masters and his rebound to dominate at the U.S. Open, which arguably triggered the start of the Wozzilroy era.
Van Sickle: The start of the Webb Simpson Era.
Oh, and I almost forgot — the belly putter trend, too! And so many more ridiculous/amazing memories. Don’t worry, I’ll share soon.