The end of the PGA Tour has now come upon us, and this past year was one for the ages. Henrik Stenson stayed clutch throughout the FedEx Cup playoffs to win two of the final three events. Stenson’s victory at The TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola allowed him to have an $11.44 million payday. He ends the year as, without question, the hottest golfer in the world, and primed to contend for the Masters tournament next April.
The real question now is, who will be voted player of the year? There are several worthy candidates. Adam Scott brought Australia it’s first Masters champion and had a slew of other high finishes in majors and other tournaments. Tiger Woods struggled at the end of the year, but still managed to reel in five wins this season, more than anyone else. Phil Mickelson had a few victories and high finishes, including a win at the Open Championship. Stenson will be in the mix as well due to his stellar second half of the season. All of these players deserve to be called player of the year, but Stenson is the one who I believe deserves it the most. He was on the first page of the leader board almost every time he teed it up during the second half.
That being said, I think the player that impressed me the most all season long was Jordan Spieth. His age and maturity level are on completely opposite ends of the spectrum. The victory at The John Deere Classic was one for the ages, and he was constantly in the mix during the FedEx Cup playoffs.
While there was plenty of excitement throughout the year, there was also disappointment. My most disappointing player this year was Dustin Johnson. Johnson won the first tournament of the year, and looked like he could be in prime form to contend at the majors. Inconsistency, along with a few late-round collapses, had many fans scratching their heads. Johnson has so much talent and raw ability that it seemed like he had to be a lock for a few wins this year, especially after the experience he has gotten over the past few years.
The PGA Tour had a very memorable season, and next year will surely be just as good. There are so many good players on tour these days that it is hard to not watch. Words can’t describe the excitement I have already for next golf season to begin, but as parting words, I’ll leave you with some advice from Dean Martin.
“If you drink, don’t drive, don’t even putt.”