The Presidents Cup is heating up in Dublin, Ohio and it means that the 2013 fantasy golf season is finally in the books. So before we officially turn the page on this year, let’s hand out some hardware.
Golfer of Year: Tiger Woods – People may have been chastising Woods for once again going winless in majors this year, but he still had a dominating fantasy season. In 16 tournaments, Woods won five of them and cracked the top-10 eight times. He was easily the best fantasy golfer of the 2013 season.
Meltdown of Year: Rory McIlroy – McIlroy’s meltdown throughout the 2013 season was one for the record books. He managed to fall from being the top ranked golfer in the world and didn’t win a single tournament this season. McIlroy had five top-10 finishes on the year, but his numbers were simply too erratic to warrant regular fantasy consideration.
Turtle Award: Bill Haas – We have all heard the adage; “Slow and steady wins the race.” Well, if that saying were to apply to a golfer, it would definitely be Bill Haas. The 31-year-old tied the tour lead in top-10 finishes (9) and also racked up 16 top-25 finishes. It seemed that Haas was a contender in every tournament this season and he certainly did it at his own pace.
Breakout Performer of Year: Jordan Spieth – The 20-year-old burst on the fantasy scene this season by winning the John Deere Classic in a three-person overtime with David Hearn and Zach Johnson. On the fifth hole of the playoff, Spieth was able to gently knock in a par putt and get his first ever PGA victory. He became the first teenager, as he was then 19 years old, to win a PGA event since Ralph Guldahi won the Santa Monica Open in 1931. Spieth ended with nine top-10 finishes when it was all said and done and the youngster certainly had a breakout fantasy campaign.
Worst Call of Year: Tianlang Guan’s Penalty For Time At Masters – At just 14 years old, Guan was the youngest player to ever tee off at the Masters. He was obviously nervous and it was shocking to see him penalized for slow play on the 17th hole when the strokes could have caused him to miss the cut. Some golfers almost always take more than the allotted 40-second time limit and to make an example of a child is, well, childish.