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Time to tally golf’s significant wins and
losses as 2011’s conclusion hurtles toward us at
lightning speed and the game’s biggest hitters
stow their thunder sticks until the New Year:
Rory McIlroy won a major, his first. Tiger
Woods won a tournament, at last.
ISM and IMG, golf’s two most visible agencies,
lost clients McIlroy and Woods, respectively.
IMG’s bigger loss was the death of its leader,
American business legend Ted Forstmann, who
made friends and enemies the way Woods used
to make birdies.
Luke Donald and Yani Tseng, by being the
best in the world, won a place on the cover of
The Post’s final issue of the year. Congratulations
to them and a reminder to our readers that we
will be back Jan. 10.
America lost a Solheim Cup when Europe’s
women rallied late in Ireland. Europe’s amateurs
won a Walker Cup when the young Yanks faltered
in Scotland. But the U.S. regained a measure of
its national pride by winning The Presidents Cup
in Australia, where captain Greg Norman lost a
measure of respect when he whined about the
format in defeat.
Long putters lost their stigma. And a belly
putter won a major in Atlanta.
Golf’s biggest win in 2011 was a subject for
debate. And there were new-fangled digital
forums such as Twitter and Facebook that became
mainstream and went viral with the pros and cons.
Golf’s biggest loss in 2011 was inarguable. It
was the passing of Severiano Ballesteros.
Seve, you are gone, but never forgotten.