Handing out some midseason golf awards
Player of the year, shot of the year, rookie of the year, and more here at our midseason golf awards session.
The golf season is more than half over, even though we have all the big-time events (save the Masters) to go.
With that in mind, remember that these awards are tenuous at best and will probably (OK, definitely) change a lot over the next few months.
We'll take a look at who I would slot in the real awards first and then some of my own made up awards at the end.
Let's get to it.
Player of the year
Candidates: Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Jimmy Walker, Patrick Reed
This really isn't that close right now. You could probably slot the Masters winner in this spot regardless of other performances, but considering Bubba won the Northern Trust Open as well and is one of only three multi-tournament winners on tour, it's a no-brainer.
Rookie of the year
Candidates: Chesson Hadley, Brice Garnett, Andrew Loups, Wes Roach, Hudston Swafford
This one isn't close, either. Those five golfers are the only five who have a top 10 on tour this year and Hadley has three of them and is the only one with a win, albeit at the Puerto Rico Open while everyone else was playing the Cadillac Championship.
Comeback player of the year
Candidates: JB Holmes, Steven Bowditch, Will MacKenzie
This isn't actually a real award but it used to be a few years ago and, whatever, we're counting it. The third straight blowout in our awards festival this season. Holmes survived two brain surgeries and bounced back from a broken ankle and elbow injury in the last three years to win on tour in 2014. Anybody topping that? Don't think so.
This isn't a subjective thing, I just wanted to present the top 10 of the money list at this point in time:
1. Bubba Watson ($4.5 million)
2. Jimmy Walker ($4.2 million)
3. Dustin Johnson ($3.4 million)
4. Matt Kuchar ($3.1 million)
5. Patrick Reed ($3.0 million)
6. Jordan Spieth ($2.7 million)
7. Harris English ($2.6 million)
8. Zach Johnson ($2.2 million)
9. Chris Kirk ($2.2 million)
10. Ryan Moore ($2.2 million)
OK, now on to my totally made up but really fun awards...
Shot of the year
Kuchar's chip to win the RBC Heritage was great, and McIlroy's 5-wood at the Honda was an embarrassment of his immense riches, but Jones' chip-in in a playoff hole to get into the Masters, that's the stuff of your backyard dreams.
Candidates: Masters, RBC Heritage, Northern Trust Open, Cadillac Championship
It's a paltry list, friends, and one I'm not thrilled to present. This was actually a year in which I could see the Masters being given a run for its money by another tournament but there have been no challengers. Thus, by default, Augusta takes it home.
Stat of the year
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have as many top 10 finishes combined as you and I do. That stat, as much as anything else that's happened on tour, tells the story of this season.
Photo of the year
All of these are gems but I'm a sucker for anything to do with the home of golf. That spot at Liverpool nestled right next to the Irish Sea, that's just...that's it. That's golf.
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