SUNDAY OF THE YEAR.
Norman played Doral in 65 for 19 holes—62 on the day, plus an eagle 3 on the playoff hole. He is still the most brilliant player in the world when he isn't trying too hard.
MONDAY OF THE YEAR.
Irwin's 67 in the fourth round of the U.S. Open gave him an impossible, high-fiving tie with Mike Donald. Nineteen playoff holes later, Irwin had his third Open win. At 45, he reminded us that the best thing about golf is that great players sometimes forget to fade away.
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE OF THE YEAR.
Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., signed up George Bush, Ronald Reagan, O.J. Simpson, Wayne Gretzky, Tom Selleck, Lee Majors, Robert Wagner and Sadaharu Oh.
RUT OF THE DECADE.
Calvin Peete led the Tour in driving accuracy for the 10th straight year. He also finished dead last in driving distance.
SPORT OF THE YEAR.
Steve Elkington, reading the paper the day after he finished 21st in the USF&G Classic, realized he had reported the wrong score and turned down his $10,000 check.
MONEY WINNER OF THE YEAR.
Ballesteros played like Kal Kan, missed the cut four of eight times on the U.S. Tour and, except for a tie for seventh at Augusta, was invisible in the majors. Luckily, he is married to Carmen Bot�n, the daughter of one of the richest men in Spain.
ANDROID OF THE YEAR.
Ben Crenshaw did not miss a putt inside 15 feet in the final round of his win at Colonial.
OPTOMETRIST OF THE YEAR.
Dr. Gil Morgan, 44, who won for the first time since 1983, at the Kemper Open, admitted he has never practiced optometry.
WRETCHEDLY STAR-CROSSED VICTIM OF THE YEAR.
Who else but Norman, who died at the hands of last-hole miracles by Robert Gamez (a seven-iron at Bay Hill) and Frost (a sand wedge at the USF&G)? Someday this man is going to go certifiable.
CHEEK OF THE YEAR.
Mark Calcavecchia showed up for the British Open past champions dinner at St. Andrews, a coat-and-tie affair, wearing golf clothes.