Martin’s 2017 Review

Dec 18 2017

Bummer of the Year: Tiger Woods
In September on the eve of the Presidents Cup the almost 42-year-old admitted his career might be over. Four lots of knee surgery and four back operations in 18 months, with no tournament appearances between February and November all signposted that one of the great golf careers may be a thing of the past.

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Reason to be Cheerful of the Year: Tiger Woods
He’s back. Making his much-heralded return in the Hero World Challenge was enough. That he played four rounds and hit some great shots, pain free, was all that he and we could hope for. More worryingly, everyone commented that he had his old swing speed and was generating a lot of torque but that’s what caused his problems in the first place. Nevertheless, good to see the old boy back in harness

Almost Bummer of the Year: Paul Casey
Sadly, 2017 continued a worrying trend. He went into the last round of the Tour Championship leading by two, shot 73 and finished 5th. He had nine top-10 finishes in 2017 but in five of them his last round score was the worst of the week and his only US Tour win was eight years ago. Perhaps he is consoled by his $21,982,360 career winnings in America

Overlooked Winner of the Year: Xander Shauffele
The magnificently named golfer won the Tour Championship, the finale to the US season but hardly anyone noticed because Justin Thomas did enough to win the FedEx Cup

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Lightning Start to the Year: Justin Thomas
In only his third season the 24-year-old showed he is no flash in the pan. Three wins in the first five events and five overall, including the dollar bonanza of lifting the FedEx Cup, with icing on the cake coming at the US PGA Championship. It all makes him a short-odds favourite to win at least one more major in 2018

Player of the Year (worldwide): Justin Thomas
See above

Player of the Year (Europe): Jon Rahm
Tommy Fleetwood won the Race to Dubai but that’s because Rahm played much of the year in America but still finished third in the season long European race and won twice. Leaving aside the majors and WGC events, Fleetwood played 15 events on the European Tour, Rahm played five but won in America and finished the year ranked fourth in the world (Tommy was 19th). Oh, and Jon Rahm was in his rookie season (more…)

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