With the conclusion of the Tour Championship, we're at a natural break point for the PGA Tour. So why not take a moment to reflect back on the best moments of this year? It was a time when unknowns seized the stage and unbelievable drama resulted in some of the best tournaments in years. First up, we'll look back at the five finest tournaments of the 2011 season:
The Masters: Simply one of the finest Sunday rounds Augusta has ever seen. Half a dozen players, including one Tiger Woods, had a shot at or a share of the lead, but in the end, an unprecedented four straight birdies from Charl Schwartzel brought him his first green jacket, and set the stage for first-time major winners.
The PGA Championship: Three up with three to play would seem to be a safe place to be, but as Jason Dufner learned, there's nothing easy in major golf. An unbelievable charge by Keegan Bradley highlighted by a curling 50-foot putt on 17 yanked the Wanamaker Trophy right out of Dufner's hands.
The Tour Championship: Money isn't everything, but it is something, and when Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan squared off in a sudden-death playoff, they were playing for a combined $11.44 million in prize money. Haas had one of the game's most clutch shots in history, saving par from the water, en route to winning on the third playoff hole.
The Bridgestone: Notable for winner Adam Scott's sterling play, but even more notable for what Scott's new caddie said about his former boss. Steve Williams used the victory celebration as a chance to take a shot at Woods.
The John Deere Classic: When it comes John Deere time, take your money and bet on Steve Stricker. Guy's a three-time defending champion at the event, and the greatness of his play this year showed why. He'd lost a four-shot lead to Kyle Stanley, but then produced one of the most amazing shots of the year to slam the door on the competition. Simply amazing from one of golf's understated good guys.
We've got our preference, but we'll let you decide. Which among these gems was your pick? Got another nominee? Go!
- PGA Tour
- Tiger Woods
- Jason Dufner
- Charl Schwartzel