Who had golf’s best year without a win? How about Steve Stricker?
Steve Stricker won $4.4 million despite going into semi-retirement
ATLANTA (AP) — Tiger Woods said he was tired. Phil Mickelson already was looking for ways to reduce his schedule by 25 percent.
“Just wait until next year,” Jim Furyk said, more out of dread than anticipation.
The PGA Tour has agreed to create a week off before the Ryder Cup in 2014. That means two majors and a World Golf Championship in a four-week span. And then four straight FedEx Cup playoff events, including a three-day window between the final round in Boston and the opening round in Denver.
And don’t forget: With the new wraparound season, “next year” is only 16 days away.
That leaves just enough time to review a 2013 season marked by weather (wind, fog, snow), surprises and slumps, rules violations, deer antler spray and the first time in 24 years that none of the 54-hole leaders in the majors went on to win.
The PGA Tour announces its player of the year on Friday. Here’s a big award to announce before then:
BEST YEAR WITHOUT A WIN:
Steve Stricker won $4.4 million despite going into semi-retirement. He was runner-up at Kapalua, Doral and the Tour Championship. Then again, he played only six fewer tournaments than normal.
But the nod goes to Graham DeLaet of Canada, who was 95th on the money list a year ago. He had seven top 10s, more than his previous two seasons on tour combined, and two of his best results came in the FedEx Cup playoffs. DeLaet played in his first two majors, rose to No. 32 in the world and earned a spot on the Presidents Cup team.