sport news Tiger Woods, Collin Morikawa and Nelly Korda: The 11 golfers who made 2021 a ...

sport news Tiger Woods, Collin Morikawa and Nelly Korda: The 11 golfers who made 2021 a ...
sport news Tiger Woods, Collin Morikawa and Nelly Korda: The 11 golfers who made 2021 a ...

What a year, one where history was made at every turn. 

From a man winning the Open on his debut to a 50-year-old winning the US PGA. From Europe’s record defeat at the Ryder Cup to the continent’s stunning success at the Solheim Cup. 

Here are my 11 players who came to define the season.

Collin Morikawa brilliantly won the Open Championship in July on his tournament debut 

1 Collin Morikawa

Who says you have to hit the ball miles and be built like an outhouse to rule the modern world? Give me the best iron player of his generation and a sporadically brilliant putter any day.

It helps, of course, that he’s fearless as well. Fancy winning the Open at your first attempt, and at quirky Royal St George’s to boot. 

Not to mention a starring role at the Ryder Cup and becoming the first American to win the Race to Dubai. 

To think, the members of the PGA Tour voted Patrick Cantlay as player of the year. What a joke.

On Sunday, Morikawa became the first American golfer to win the prestigious Race to Dubai

On Sunday, Morikawa became the first American golfer to win the prestigious Race to Dubai

2 Phil Mickelson

What a time to be old. Bernhard Langer won the Champions Tour at the age of 64. Rory McIlroy played with 78-year-old former US Walker Cup player Vinny Giles a couple of weeks ago and was blown away when he shot 69 off the back tees at fiendish Seminole in Florida.

The golden oldie, however, was Mickelson, who won the US PGA at Kiawah Island to become the first man over 50 to win a major. 

He also won four times on the Champions Tour — when he could be bothered to show up.

Phil Mickelson won the US PGA at Kiawah Island to become the first man over 50 to win a major

Phil Mickelson won the US PGA at Kiawah Island to become the first man over 50 to win a major

3 Tiger Woods

There was a shadow hanging over the season following a dark February day in Los Angeles, when the world held its breath and wondered whether the man who played the game better than it has ever been played would survive an horrific car accident.

Thankfully, the prayers were answered and Tiger has not only recovered sufficiently to become an able parent to his two teenage kids, he posted a video of himself on Sunday hitting a full shot that almost broke the internet. 

There won’t be a dry eye over the Swilken Bridge if he makes the 150th Open at St Andrews.

Tiger Woods posted a video of him hitting balls for the first time since his February car crash

Tiger Woods posted a video of him hitting balls for the first time since his February car crash

4 Leona Maguire

With due apologies to Jon Rahm, the performance of the year by a European arguably came at the Solheim Cup in Ohio from an Irish golfer who left the team in stars and stripes in awe with a record haul for a rookie of four and a half points out of five.

The Emerald Isle has enjoyed plenty of incredible feats by its leading performers over the last 15 years and this one places Leona alongside the legends.

5 Rory McIlroy

If ever a moment summed up the deflating nature of this year’s Ryder Cup, it was the tears that fell freely at the finish from Europe’s talisman. That’s how it’s been for Rory at the events that matter most for way too long now, and maybe

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