This year has been one to remember in the golf industry. It’s definitely had it’s ups and downs. Let’s take a look back at some of the biggest moments that shaped the game in 2016.
Tiger Woods Comeback- It was a roller-coaster return for Tiger. Even though he finished 15th in a 17-man competition, he made more birdies in the Bahamas than anyone else. It’ll be interesting to continue to assess his play during this process. What do you think 2017 has in store for the beloved Tiger Woods?
Olympics return- After a 112-year absence, Golf officially returned to the Olympic stage in 2016. After a hard fought battle on the men’s side, Justin Rose of Great Britain came out on top by two shots to take home the gold. Henrick Stenson garnered a silver medal while Matt Kuchar of the US earned himself a bronze medal. On the women’s side, South Korea’s Inbee Park ran away with the gold leaving Lydia Ko of Japan and Shanshan Feng of China to take home silver and bronze.
Danny Willett: Danny Willett’s Master’s victory was one of the biggest highlights of the year. In only his second Masters appearance, Willett became the first Englishman to win the tournament since Nick Fado won in 1995. As Derek Lawrenson from The Daily Mail said, “The story of the man who celebrated the birth of his first child one week and turned up and won a green jacket the next is one of those that explains why we love sport.”
Arnold Palmer- His was a life well played. The King of our sport. “If it wasn’t for Arnold, golf wouldn’t be as popular as it is today,” says Tiger Woods. Quite simply, Arnold made golf cool. The seven-time major winner holds a permanent place in our hearts and his impact on the game will be felt for eternity.
2016 has definitely been one for the books. What do you think is in store for the golf world in 2017? Do you think Rory McIlroy will win the masters and complete his career grand slam? Will Tiger’s comeback be as great as we all hope? Who’ll be the tour’s Rookie of The Year? Let us know!