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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Notebook

There were several tournaments going on of note Sunday.  The one of most consequence was the Dubai World Championships won by Alvaro Quiros.  This tournament is the equivalent of the PGA Tour's Tour Championship.  Much more noteworthy that Quiros' win was Luke Donald holding off Rory McIlroy to win the European Tour Order of Merit.  He is the first golfer to win the PGA Tour money list and the European Tour Order of Merit in the same season.  Put an asterisk by that because I'm sure there were more than a few years where Tiger Woods would have accomplished that feat, but he has never been a "member" of the Eurpean Tour.  Major's and World Golf Championships count towards both tour's money lists so Tiger 2000 would have had to have walked away with both I would think.

Never the less, that's an amazing accomplishment by the current world number 1.  It's also consistent with what's happened since Tiger limped around and won his last major in 2008.  Consistency has ruled the day whether it be Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood, Webb Simpson or Luke Donald.  Each of those guys have amassed a plethora of Top 10's without nearly as many wins, but they have all vaulted into a higher place in the golf world. 

The other tournament going on today was the conclusion of the Franklin Templeton Shootout won by Brendan Steele and Keegan Bradley.  It's a modified alternate shot first round followed by a best ball second round and essentially a captains choice third round.  I admittedly didn't watch a shot of this, but the one thing I saw as mildly interesting was the team that came in dead last.  Anthony Kim and Webb Simpson.  It doesn't leave me feeling all that well about the state of Kim's game although this tournament is basically meaningless.

Until tomorrow!

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