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Saturday, September 28, 2013

The OF THE YEARs Are Announced

Friday our three OF THE YEARs were finally made official. (Three? Did I say three? Yes I did!)

Tiger with TPC trophy

Our Player OF THE YEAR, no big surprise, was Tiger Woods. While there was a lot of talk about Phil and Adam and even Henrik (was anybody really talking about Kuch?), Tiger was the clear winner here. Five PGA Tour wins including the TPC was far and away the best performance of any player. (Don't forget 2 Top6s in majors and the scoring trophy.)

All the debates over Tiger not winning a major clearly didn't hold water among the players. The World Golf Hall of Fame says a TPC carries equal weight to a major, and even the players agree that the TPC has a tougher field than any major -- only the PGA comes close. I understand the arguments for both Phil and Adam -- Phil won a major he never expected to win, and Adam won the major no Australian has ever won -- but Tiger has had trouble with the TPC even when he was winning majors at a serious clip. Winning it again (over a decade later) was clearly a huge accomplishment. Mike McAllister at PGATOUR.com made that point in this article (from which the photo also comes).

Our Rookie OF THE YEAR, again no surprise, was Jordan Spieth. That whole journey from no status anywhere to #7 in the FedExCup pretty much speaks for itself. It'll be interesting to see where Jordan goes from here, since most young overachievers on Tour (or in any sport, for that matter) seem to hit a sophomore slump.

And our third OF THE YEAR was the Low European Tour Round OF THE YEAR, posted by none other than Peter Uihlein on the Kingsbarn course at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. (They also play Carnoustie and St. Andrews.) Uihlein almost shot the first-ever 59 on the ET -- and since Kingsbarns is a par-72, he would have had to shoot 13-under to do it. He had an eagle putt on his final hole for the 59 (it would have been his third eagle of the round!) and made a great putt that barely missed. His 60 -- note that he did birdie the final hole to get his score -- is the lowest ET round this season.

You can read about Uihlein's accomplishment at this link. And Peter -- who won earlier this year -- is at -13 overall, just a couple of shots off Tom Lewis's lead.

So there they are, Friday's three OF THE YEAR moments. Only Uihlein's really counts as a surprise, but they're all pretty cool.

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