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By The Numbers: 6 Of The Best PGA Tour Stories From 2016

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 19:05 Tuesday, 03 January 2017 18:50

Jason DayCanadian Press

(Doug Ferguson/AP) — Jason Day ends the year at No. 1 in the world ranking, another indicator of how much and for how long Tiger Woods dominated golf.

This is the eighth straight year that a different player was at No. 1 in the final world ranking — Woods in 2009, Lee Westwood in 2010, Luke Donald in 2011, Rory McIlroy in 2012, Woods in 2013, McIlroy in 2014, Jordan Spieth in 2015.

Dating to 1998, Woods was at No. 1 in the final ranking in 11 out of 12 years.

Woods ends this year at No. 652, because he didn’t play for 15 months until the Hero World Challenge in December. What happens next year?

"He’s got to go play," Jack Nicklaus said. "If he plays, he’ll find out if he can come back or not."



By The Numbers: 5 Huge Momentum Swings From Ryder Cup History

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2016 00:29 Thursday, 29 September 2016 00:07

Dai Rees and Ben Hogan at the 1967 Ryder CupCanadian Press

CHASKA, Minnesota (Jim Litke/AP) — Momentum means everything at the Ryder Cup.

Shot to shot, match to match, even era to era, it’s swung back and forth between the United States and Europe, sometimes at a glacial pace and occasionally with head-turning speed.

This time, it’s the visitors who arrive with the wind at their backs. Europe has won the last three, six of the last seven and eight of the last 10.

But if the history of that small gold trophy that English seed merchant Samuel Ryder first put up for grabs in 1927 proves anything, it’s that momentum is hard to catch and even harder to hold onto.

Here are five key swings in momentum at past Ryder Cups:



5 Players Who Suffered U.S. Open Heartache

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 18:46 Tuesday, 14 June 2016 18:18

Colin MontgomerieCanadian Press

OAKMONT, Pennsylvania (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Tom Lehman placed both hands over his cap in disbelief when his shot into the 17th green at Congressional bounded off the side of the green and into the water in 1997, ending his hopes at a U.S. Open he never won.

It wasn’t for a lack of effort. A year later, Lehman became the first player since Bobby Jones to play in the final group at a U.S. Open four consecutive years. The difference was that Jones wound up a winner.



By the Numbers: 5 of the Biggest Routs in Masters History

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 April 2016 21:54 Tuesday, 05 April 2016 08:51

Cary MiddlecoffCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Jordan Spieth won the Masters by four shots last year, and he made it seem easy.

He became the first wire-to-wire winner since Raymond Floyd in 1976. Perhaps even more telling was that Spieth was the first Masters champion since Craig Wood in 1941 to never let anyone closer than three shots of his lead after the opening round.

It could have been worse.

Spieth had a three-putt bogey on No. 12, and he missed a short par putt on the 18th hole that would have given him the Masters record. Instead, he tied Tiger Woods (1997) at 18-under 270.

It was a dominant victory, to be sure.

But it still doesn’t make the list of the biggest blowouts in Masters history.



Best Moments in 10 Previous Meetings of the Presidents Cup

Last Updated on Monday, 05 October 2015 01:43 Monday, 05 October 2015 01:35

Fred CouplesCanadian Press

INCHEON, South Korea (Doug Ferguson/AP) — The 10 best moments from the Presidents Cup, which will be played October 8-11, at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea:


Mike Weir, at No. 20 in the standings, was a captain’s pick for the 2007 Presidents Cup in Canada. Even though the Americans had a huge lead at Royal Montreal going into Sunday, the Canadian faced Tiger Woods with a nation watching. Weir made a birdie to square the match on the 17th. On the final hole, Woods’ tee shot failed to clear the water on the left. It splashed down right in front of a pair of fans holding a Maple Leaf flag. The Americans won the cup. Weir won a match that felt almost as big.



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