Thanksgiving is a time to look back at all we’ve been provided over the last year. It’s also a time to celebrate turkey. Here, we reminisce on all the bad and good of the 2013 golf season.
Thanksgiving 2013 Turkeys
Rory McIlroy: First there was the phantom toothache that caused Rory to withdraw from the Honda Classic after a 7 over start to his second round. Then there was the move to Nike, the poor play, and the ongoing legal troubles with his former agent. Even if you don’t consider his breakup with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, and out of respect for one of our favorite golfers we won’t, it’s been a rough 2013 for Rory McIlroy.
Tiger Woods: Golf’s top figure should uphold the integrity of the sport, no? Well that wasn’t necessarily the case at The Masters in April. Tiger’s wedge on 15 hit the flag stick and spun back into the hazard. On the ensuing drop, Woods picked a spot a foot behind his previous mark. Tiger signed his card only to have a two stroke penalty retroactively applied. Many called for Woods to withdraw as a result of the infraction and subsequent false score card. Instead, he relied on the rules committee who allowed him to continue play. The episode reopened the debate about golf’s archaic rules as well reinvigorate the growing anti-Tiger crowd.
Sergio Garcia: Not only was Sergio Garcia’s Tiger Woods inspired “fried chicken” joke in poor taste, it was also flat out poor. Garcia has struggled to match Tiger on the course, so it’s odd that the Spaniard feels that he can laugh at Woods’ expense off it. The whole incident and aftermath made a turkey out of the entire golfing community, whose white collar reputation rose to the surface again. But Sergio was the start of it.
Bubba Watson: Bubba hacked his way through a difficult 2013 campaign which saw the everyman golfer go winless. It’s one thing to play poorly, though, and quite another to act poorly. In June at the Traveler’s Championship Bubba took umbrage with a fan’s use of a camera and later criticized his caddy for a club selection. Watson’s appeal comes from his fun loving approach to golf. It wasn’t always on display this year.
Lee Westwood: Lee Westwood’s frustrations over his continuous shortcomings in Major championships reached a boiling point in August. After playing himself into contention through three rounds at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill, Westwood closed with an uninspiring 76. He took to twitter to vent his frustration and to call out “haters” in a profanity filled rant. It didn’t help that Westwood admitted to drinking alcohol prior to logging on to social media. As a professional athlete, and thus a role model in the public’s eyes, the Englishman should know better.
What We’re Thankful For This Year, Thanksgiving 2013
Adam Scott winning Australia’s first Masters– Scott’s playoff victory over Angel Cabrera provided the moment of the year. FULL ARTICLE
Henrik Stenson rediscovering his game– Stenson won both the PGA Tour’s Fed-Ex Cup and the European Tour Championship, a terrific accomplishment for a player who has had difficulty finding his game over the last few seasons. Stenson now represents Sweden’s best chance at capturing the country’s first Major championship.
Phil Mickelson– Lefty had several memorable moments this summer. First, he traversed the country to attend both his daughter’s eighth grade graduation and the US Open, which were just days apart. Mickelson finished second yet again at Merion but found redemption mere weeks later at the British Open. His Sunday 66 was a final round for the ages. OUR FULL RECAP HERE
Jordan Spieth – The youngster starred in his rookie year, winning as a 19 year old and representing Team USA at the Presidents Cup. Spieth may prove to be the best of a growing cast of young talent on Tour.
Dick Fowler, P.I.– Rickie Fowler may not have had his best season on the course, but off he continued to provide laughs. His ongoing “Dick Fowler, P.I.” web series is a must watch.
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