We are median between a U.S. Open and a Open Championship of a Glorious United Kingdom, and while this is technically not a median indicate of a golf season—that would have been in mid-March, if we go by a PGA Tour’s wraparound schedule, before we even played a major—it is a indicate during that a opportunities for loyal excellence are half in a past and half in a future—two majors done, dual to go. In other words, it’s a “real” midseason, as totalled by a tasty tools of a golf calendar.
With that in mind, it’s time to applaud a good, a bad and a nauseous of a PGA Tour so far. Please hurl your drums, deduct your breaths and offshoot your tenters—these are a 2017-’18 PGA Tour “Mid-Season” Awards.
The “Comeback Player of a Year, Star Division” Award
This goes to Bubba Watson, and it’s not a tough call. Bubba had his misfortune year in some-more than a decade in 2017, and judging by his age (39) and his ostensible spin of disinterest and frustration, intelligent income banked on him spending a bulk of 2018 behind a opposite of his candy store in Pensacola grouping Ted Scott to re-stock a Sour Patch kids. Instead, Watson kick his yawn and a medical issues that cost him 20 pounds, and came behind to win during Riviera, a WGC-Match Play and a Travelers. That’s 3 wins (and counting?), a top sum of his career. All this on a doorstep of his 40th birthday, and a year spent wondering if he’d ever win again. Not bad!
The “Best Comeback Off a Golf Course” Award
Also Bubba Watson, for not burying himself alive in a fort after Tracy McGrady swatted him with fatal force during a All-Star Game.
The “Comeback Player of a Year, Forgotten-Man Division” Award
Hello, Webb Simpson. we don’t know about you, though we had placed ole Webb resolutely in a Keegan Bradley difficulty of golfers who won a large contest ages ago and were never to be listened from again. But his name has resounded in 2018, quite for his intolerable win during a Players Championship—his initial initial feat given 2013. With 6 other top-10s on a year, he’s on a verge of creation a Ryder Cup team. (Though we would titillate Jim Furyk to observe caution on that front, and maybe spin his phone off before creation captain’s picks.)
The “Sosa-McGwire Race Nobody Knows About” Award
Congratulations to Jason Day and Phil Mickelson. Since a appearance of a strokes-gained statistics, usually one actor has averaged some-more than one cadence gained per spin for an whole season. That actor is Jason Day in 2016. This year, Day and Mickelson are both on pace to finish above that mark, and both have a possibility to set a new record. It’s only like a Sosa-McGwire home run follow in ‘98, solely nobody unequivocally knows about it (and conjunction actor seems expected to be related to PEDs). There are some serious sample-size issues with this stat, though omit that for now, since … HYPE!
The Rory McIlroy “Existential Crisis That We Would Really Like to See Resolved Very Soon” Award
Please come back, Jordan Spieth. To quote Harry Nilsson, I can’t live if vital is though you.
The “Honorary American of a Year} Award
Jon Rahm. Big hitter. Always angry. Feels like a earthy and celebrity hybrid of Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed. Definitely seems like he should be American. Seems like he’s a kind of male who will win a garland of majors rather than doing that classical European thing of being really good during golf though possibly never winning or only winning once when you’re 33.
The “Nondescript Excellence” Award
I announced a nominees final week, highlighted former winners, and explained what we was articulate about (short version: Extremely good season, not a famous person, never wins). I’m gratified to announce that a midseason leader is Brian Harman. With dual missed cuts, a Tour-leading 8 top-10s, and 0 wins moving him to a 20th mark on a FedEx Cup list, Harman is a loyal prosy superstar. Hopefully he doesn’t blow it by winning in a subsequent integrate months.
The “Best Made Cut” Award
This goes to Kyle Thompson, who put adult a stately T-69 during a Travelers Championship dual weeks ago to mangle a strain of 18 true missed cuts on a PGA Tour dating behind to 2012. The male was due!
The “Phil Mickelson Outlandish Moment of a Season” Award
Hmm, let’s see … did anything quirky and individualist and weird occur that we can’t stop articulate about weeks later? Something that stole a spotlight divided from what should have been a bigger story, and spawned unconstrained reactions and reactions to a reactions? Something that could be review as possibly a brief, unfortunate impulse of guileless behavior, or a rarely intentional performance-art-style explanation on a viewed smirch of a sport?
Ahem … for a 45th year in a row, this endowment goes to Phil Mickelson. Get behind adult here, Phil!
The “Funniest Non-Phil Moment” Award
Bryson DeChambeau, for using a protractor to establish “true pin locations” and forcing a USGA to confirm either that’s authorised or not. If a organisation bans them, DeChambeau needs to uncover adult during a subsequent eventuality with a seismograph to establish “unseen subterranean undulations” that competence impact his putt. After that, he should only lift a pet bird in his slot and fake it whispers Stimpmeter measurements in his ear.
The “Fearless Bastard” Award
This award, that honors someone whose age and knowledge competence lead we to trust that they would hoop a certain critical conditions with nerves and terror, though who spin out to be finish intrepid bastards, is separate this year between Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka. Those guys? Not afraid.
The “Rookie of a Year” Award
Aaron Wise. we was onto this male a FULL WEEK before he indeed won. I’m fundamentally Nostradamus.
The “Worst Celebration Kiss” Award
Also Aaron Wise. First male to ever win $1.3 million and get immediately FRIENDZONED.
The “Player of a Year” Award
Our final endowment goes, amid most contention and debate, to Dustin Johnson. You might be panting and/or screaming now, so let’s get a negatives out of a approach first: He hasn’t won a major, and he’s won only twice on a deteriorate compared to 3 times for Bubba. Those are a points against.
As for a points in favor? Let’s see … he’s got a best scoring average. He leads a world in strokes gained. He’s a best driver in a sport, and he’s also a best from tee-to-green. He hasn’t missed a cut in a stroke-play event, though that’s not revelation a full story—the dude hasn’t finished worse than 17th. And for what it’s worth, he’s also tops in a FedEx Cup race, and no. 1 in a universe rankings. By roughly any metric, DJ is a greatest.