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Monday, December 27, 2010

The Limerick Summary: 2010 Epilogue

Winner: Us Fans!

Around the wider world of golf: Anticipation and rumors. What else would you expect a week before the new season starts?

So 2010 has finally come to an end. If you're like me, it's been a mixed bag -- some good, some bad, some surprises (a classic example was the white Christmas we had here in North Carolina  -- the first in several years!), and of course the hopeful promise of a new year as this one winds down.

It's been the same in golf, hasn't it? As Charles Dickens once observed:
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only." -- A Tale of Two Cities
This year has been consistently cast as the greatest upheaval in golf history in one way or another, just as Dickens noted in that last sentence. While we have to be cautious in making such grand and sweeping statements, one thing's for sure: Golf was rarely boring this year.

It started with those sweeping predictions about Tiger's attempts to catch Jack. Three of the year's majors were on courses he'd dominated in the past, which set him up to possibly tie Jack by year's end... and the commentators were sold on his chances. Of course, the greatest golf year in recent history didn't turn out the way they thought, and now we're hearing about how bad it really was... or how great it really was, if you're talking about the European Tour. In any case, at least there was always something something worth talking about.

Whether we were listening to Tiger make public apologies about "undisclosed indiscretions"... or the Mickelson / McCarron jousting over grooves that shouldn't have been legal but were... or the series of dramatic rules lessons we got concerning broken weeds in hazards and weighted clubs and unmarked bunkers and faulty alarm clocks... or watching players from around the world break through and put their names on the major trophies while Tiger struggled... or any of another dozen things we never anticipated, the one word that we could never use was "boring." In fact, even as we were getting tired of TMZ spreading the latest unsubstantiated Tiger gossip early in the year, it was still hard not to just "perk up a bit" and listen.

So my final limerick of 2010 is just a summing up -- appropriate for a limerick summary, don't you think? -- of one of the weirdest golf years in memory.
This year defied every prediction
And showed us things stranger than fiction:
Rules gaffes, awesome Ryders,
Glum hydrant colliders—
That’s why golf’s a hopeless addiction!

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