As we stand at the precipice of 2013 with the new TOUR schedule in-hand, I’d like to reflect back on all the tremendous golf we played witness to in 2012. It was a year filled with countless highlights, with emerging new talent, with awesome comebacks, with miraculous shots and with (a few) heartbreaking ends. Below is my humble list of top plays:
TIE: Tiger at Memorial
TIE: The Big Easy Wins The Open Championship
BEST MAJORS WIN: Bubba’s Green Jacket
BEST AMATEUR SHOT: Carlton Forrester from the Roof
BEST NAIL BITER: Martin Kaymer’s Ryder Cup Putt
BEST TEAMWORK: Six Golf Academy of America Students Sink Six Consecutive Putts
BEST AMATEUR SHOWING: TIE: Beau Hossler’s showing at The U.S. Open was astounding but Jordan Spieth passing Hossler to win low amateur honors at The Olympic Club was incredible.
BEST ‘ATA BOY’ WIN: We knew he had it in him to win… Rickie Fowler finally grabs a ‘W’ at the Wells Fargo Championship.
BEST SECOND-PLACE FINISH: No one will forget Louis Oosthuizen’s 4-iron, 253-yard albatross on the second hole for second place at The Masters. Best Masters shot in recent history… AFTER Bubba’s remarkable hook shot out of the pine straw during a playoff.
BEST PRACTICE ROUND SHOT: Martin Kaymer skipped his tee shot across water on the par-3 16th for an unbelievable hole-in-one at Augusta.
MOST HEARTBREAKING LOSS: Though Ernie is an international crowd favorite, you couldn’t help but feel utter sadness for Adam Scott in his disappointing loss at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Course.