PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR.
When Jose-Maria Olazabal won the World Series of Golf at Firestone Country Club, he was 12 shots ahead of the second-place finisher and 15 ahead of the third. That's a win that should count for two.
LINE OF THE YEAR.
Mike Donald, when asked why he doesn't have a clothing contract, said, "Is it worth $3,000 to look like a jerk?"
MAALOX MOMENT OF THE YEAR.
Curtis Strange, when told his plane would be late departing from Virginia for Phoenix, canceled the trip, saying he felt sick to his stomach. For the year, he won zero tournaments, missed two cuts in majors and finished 53rd in Tour money. Burp.
UNOFFICIAL MONEY OF THE YEAR.
Strange made about $1.5 million in guaranteed money just for showing up at foreign golf tournaments. Who needs Phoenix?
PROBLEM OF THE YEAR.
Forget about joining a club. Poor kids won't be able to learn the game as long as courses keep forcing caddies out and golf carts in. No wonder there are no black players under 40 on the Tour and few on the horizon.
GOLF ARCHITECT OF THE YEAR.
Ben Crenshaw, whose oceanside Plantation Course at Kapalua, coming soon, will be golf played off the edge of the world.
OLDEST NEW GOLF ARCHITECT OF THE YEAR.
Sam Snead, 78, formed a firm called Sam Snead Design Co., Inc., to produce pre-World War II—style courses.
IRONY OF THE YEAR.
Larry Mize actually had the lowest scoring average on the Tour, but because of a rule factoring in the difficulty of the courses played, Norman won the Vardon Trophy. Mize is a member of the policy board that changed the rule three years ago.
COMEBACK OF THE YEAR.
Tim Thalmuller, Watson's caddy, who survived a point-blank shooting by a mugger in Miami. Bullet fragments lodged inside him, so his fellow caddies sent him a card: "Get the lead out."
RUNNER-UP OF THE YEAR.
Willie Wood still hasn't won a tournament on the Tour, but for a guy who is trying to feed his young family, keep his Tour card and get past the death last year of his wife, Holly, his second place at the Hardee's Golf Classic sure felt good.