Rookie of the Year
The award could go to Todd Hamilton, since he won the Honda Classic and the British Open, but c'mon, the guy's 39 and had played in Asia for more than a decade. Or we could name Zach Johnson, who won the BellSouth Classic and played well enough all year to finish among the top 30 on the money list and get into the Tour Championship, but he's 28 and was the leading money winner a year ago on the Nationwide tour, which doesn't exactly make him wet behind the ears. The real rookie of the year is Whistling Straits, the Pebble Beach of the Midwest, which looked better than Angelina Jolie in fishnets when it debuted to rave reviews at the PGA. The sun, the wind, the fescue, Lake Michigan combined to give the PGA the look of a British Open. The USGA is already on board for the 2007 U.S. Senior Open, and the PGA of America probably will be back with a Ryder Cup.