As we wind down the golf year, I am sitting and thinking about what I took away from this year in golf. It certainly was different than any golf season I can think of in recent times. And it really started about this time (well really tomorrow, or late tonight) last year. So here are my memories and thoughts from the 2010 golf season. Be interested in your thoughts Golf Nuts!
Of course we have to talk about Tiger, so let’s get it out of the way first. I believe that Tiger is really trying to change his personal life and rid himself of his demons. Good luck to him, only time will tell there. But as far as the golf world, I believe that Tiger will never be the totally dominating golfer that he once was. I believe that he will win again and probably win a good bit.
I don’t think he will blow away Jack’s record on major tournaments, he might just sneak past it. But I say all of this because of my belief that part of what made him so dominating is also what got him into trouble in his personal life. So I actually don’t think that what has happened is bad or that Tiger not being the golfer he was before is all bad.
Phil Mickelson, boy he just can’t seem to stand success. The #1 ranking was there for the taking and he just couldn’t take it. He has proved that he can win majors. And overcome many of the labels that were used about him in the past. But he just can’t seem to take it to the top. Or can he? I think that 2011 will be a defining moment for Phil if he cares anything about the label of “#1″. But then again, maybe it’s not that important to him.
Young guns. Wow a lot of exciting young golfers coming along and it’s exciting to see. People ask “Who is the next Tiger?”. Wrong question, I think we should be asking “Who are the next Jack, Arnold, and Gary?” I’m looking forward to there being a little more parity at the top of the PGA ranks in future years. I think it’s a lot more fun for the golf fans that way.
The FedEx Cup. It was definitely fun to see Jim Furyk win the FedEx Cup this year. But I still think that the PGA Tour has a long way to go to make it something that will get fans and golfers excited. I’m looking for a major shakeup, but, sadly, like a BCS playoff, I don’t think it’s going to happen.
Overall. Well I have no crystal ball so I don’t know where the economy is going. But golf has struggled and seems to have weathered the storm so far. And golf without the dominance of Tiger wasn’t a disaster as some predicted. So I am excited to see what 2011 will bring. On this day of Thanksgiving, I thank all of my readers and fans for your support! It means a lot and is fun to share with you.