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STORY OF THE YEAR
Van Sickle: What's the biggest thing that has happened in golf so far this year?
Shipnuck: The revelation that parity is a good thing. We've been lamenting not having a dominant player, but look how exciting it has been without one. So many close finishes. Last year this was a negative. Now it's O.K.
Van Sickle: I couldn't agree more, but there are a lot of people who think parity sucks. A number of them are golf writers and website editors who make it clear that if it's not Tiger or Phil, who cares?
Bamberger: Leads are so hard to protect on Sundays. The theater of sport is not knowing the outcome ahead of time. That's been mesmerizing this year. For people 35 and under, who grew up in the Tiger era, this has been a great wake-up call.
Garrity: There are so many compelling winners and a great mix of story lines, from Kyle Stanley blowing one tournament only to win the next, to Mickelson winning at Pebble Beach, Mahan at the Match Play and again in Houston, Rory and Tiger winning in Florida, and Watson's hook shot out of the trees at the Masters.
Hack: The biggest story has been the rise of American golf. A lot of people thought the Americans were in trouble, which was a way of saying, What's wrong with Tiger? There's much more to American golf than Tiger. With Bubba, Kuchar, Rickie, Dufner—there's been a lot of red, white and blue wins.
Anonymous Pro: I'll second that. A year ago it was all Westwood and Rose and Rory and Luke and Poulter and McDowell. Now the Americans have stolen the baton and are running with it. If the Ryder Cup were played tomorrow, I'd definitely take the U.S. team.
THE WINNER IS ...
Shipnuck: Despite what happened at Memorial, Mickelson has been playing at a high level. He's a Californian. He knows the grass and the fog. And I can't believe this Hall of Famer will never win an Open.