Well - that's a wrap! The season finished with a whimper in Orlando today and I turned my thoughts to the year that was 2010. Tiger, Dustin, Rickie and players from Britain seemed to dominate the headlines this year and here are a few of my selections from the year with a handful of stats and predictions that should be of interest to you.
Player of the Year: Dustin Johnson
Player of the Future: Rory McIlroy
Money Leader: Matt Kuchar $4.9 big ones
Best Day (in golf) of the Year: Phil's win at Augusta (closely followed by Ryder Cup Monday!)
Most Dominant Performance (in an event that matters): Louis Oosthuizen
Feel Good Win of the Year: Robert Garrigus at Disney after giving up 3 shots on the 72nd hole at Memphis.
Sneakiest Player/s of the Year: Retief Goosen (3rd in stroke average and 2nd in top 10's) and Bo van Pelt (13th Money)
Biggest Faders (player/s who started strong and vanished by mid year): Geoff Ogilvy, Phil Mickelson and Camillo Villegas.
Best Finishers (player/s who finished the year on a good note): Matt Kuchar
Biggest Flops of the Year: Tiger, Sergio, Padraig, Baddeley, Mike Weir and Boo
Biggest Surprise of the Year: Matt Kuchar, David Duval (106 Money) and Jeff Overton (12 Money)
Best Hitter of the Year: Joe Durant by a mile (1st in GIR and 2nd in FIR) Interestingly enough Joe also produced the most spin off the driver on tour...
Best Golf Course of the Year: St. Andrews (The wind was a nice cherry on the top!)
Longest Yardage for Putts Made in any Round: 190' Fredrik Jacobson (Think about that...!)
Best Putter: Brandt Snedeker (None of the top five putters were in the top 130 in GIR rank)
Consecutive Sand Saves: Luke Donald 18
Holes Without a Three Putt: Padraig Harrington 227 and counting...
Consecutive Fairways Hit: Nick O'Hern 34
In a ten week span from April 29 - July 4 only two US golfers won on the Tour!
Player I would most like to be: Rickie Fowler
Player I would least like to be: Tiger Woods
Major Winners in 2011: Retief Goosen (Augusta), Lee Westwood (Congressional), Rory McIlroy (Royal St. Georges) and Dustin Johnson(Atlanta)
Brightest Stars of the Future: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Matteo Manassero
Players to Watch in 2011: Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Ricky Barnes
Here are the Top 10 Shots of the Year according to PGATour.com
Thanks so much for your readership and support - I recently had my 100,000th hit here! Oh, and feel free to call me out on any of my selections or predictions for 2011....