October 13th, 2011 by Kristofer Anderson
It would have been hard to predict Bill Hass winning the FEDEX Cup at the beginning of the year. Looking back, there were not many big surprises throughout the year. Everyone with a working knowledge of the game expected younger players to take center stage this year. The fields are so deep, it is difficult to pick specific players for any given tournament, but as a group they came through. I believe the most disappointing season would have to be that of Phil Mickelson. He exuded confidence early on, only to struggle throughout the year.
Rory McIlroy appeared ready to solidify his place at the top with an incredible performance at the U.S. Open. He just couldn’t live up to that for the remaining tournaments. Darren Clarke and Keegan Bradley showed that players on both ends of the age spectrum can win big tournaments and Luke Donald remained number one in the world at season’s end.
The PGA Tour, and the professional golf world in general, is still in need of lasting rivalry. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson provided so much excitement for fans that anything else feels disappointing. It appears that it may be awhile before we see a truly dominant player. There are a host of candidates, but none has proven they can win consistently. Throughout the year, the media and fans were looking for a new leader. Many people handed McIlroy that title after his runaway win at the U.S. Open. We are all finding that replacing Tiger Woods is a task that may take years to complete, if it can be done at all.