9 Biggest Golf Stories of the Year Ranked
Well, almost another year down and we aren’t quite sure how to feel about it to be honest. Every other year end countdown tends to remember the year’s events with a bit of a rosier side than they seemed at the time. Let’s face it, 2021 just brought us a little more of what 2020 showed us last year.
Sure, it wasn’t all bad news. For starters, we aren’t in lockdown again. Yet. Then there’s the fact that we got to see some of our favorite golfers in person again. Let’s not pretend that watching golf in television hits the same. Not even close.
Looking back, it’s a little crazy to see how so many big things happened in just one year. Breaking down the last 365 days would probably take us into the middle of 2022. So, we chose the most memorable stories for us golfers this year and put them all in one place for your viewing pleasure.
9. Return of the Red Shirt
It was the moment the entire golf world has been waiting for. After almost a year out of the competitive field, Tiger Woods finally made a highly anticipated return. To top it off, it was at the year’s biggest golf event where he would remind the world of who he is yet again. Appearing at the 2021 PNC Championship alongside his son, Charlie, we definitely got the message. The father-son duo managed an astonishing 11 straight birdies setting a new record.
In the end, Daly and his son were able to hang on to their lead until the end. Tiger and Charlie put up a fierce fight though and definitely made the Daly’s work for the title. After a successful return, we are sure there will be a lot more of Tiger Woods and his red shirt.
8. The cost of COVID
Would you get vaccinated if somebody paid you $1.67 million to roll up your sleeve? The pandemic had imparted a very modest effect on the PGA Tour until Jon Rahm and his six-shot lead were sent home for testing positive after the third round of the Memorial. Would Rahm have won the overall FedEx Cup title if he’d stuck around to finish the job at Muirfield Village? Some things simply aren’t worth pondering.
7) A rivalry? Really?
Decades have passed since the LPGA last had a legitimate, two-gal battle for overall superiority. Nelly Korda is 23. Jin Young Ko is 26. An American and a South Korean, each with four victories entering the season-finale in November, took their tug-o’-war down to the wire. Both were tied for the lead entering the final round, at which point Ko hit the gas with a closing 63 to cop $1.5 million and cap a career year. Rumors of the LPGA’s demise are greatly exaggerated. The game is in the hands of young brilliance.
6. The Torrey terminator
Read the original article on Sports Illustrated.