The guys of TheSportsDegens.com and their friends will be recapping some of their top moments of 2017, by sports and in their format. Before we move on, we would like to specially thank all the contributors to the many year end recap pieces and more importantly to the viewers and listeners of all the content throughout the year. Feel free to let us know your top moments as well. With all that said, let’s see the Top MLB Moments of 2017.
The 2017 Golf season has its fair share of climatic moments. From first-time major winners to playoff victories, the PGA season was spread with all types of events. As the year winds down, let’s take a look at the top moments of the year as we get ready for the Tournament of Champions the first weekend of January.
- Sergio Goes Major
- The collective breath of fresh air the golf world took when Garcia’s putt fell to win himself a Green Jacket was something all fans were waiting for. The title of “Best Player to Not Win a Major” left Sergio’s mantle in 2017 with his playoff win over Justin Rose at the Masters. As it seemed Garcia was going to lapse in old-Major’s Sergio with a few wayward shots in the final round, he found his ball-striking and putting down the stretch. After bogeying 10 and 11 to fall two back of Rose, Garcia birdied 14 and hit the pin on 15 to set up an eagle putt. Rose’s bogey on 17 set up a two-way playoff where he failed to make par and Garcia converted a 15-footer for birdie to win his first major and elate the Augusta crowd.
- Spieth Walks It Off
Drive off overhanging trees. Second shot well short into greenside bunker. Hole-out to win a playoff. Nope, that wasn’t your local 10-handicapper; it was Jordan Spieth’s path on the first playoff hole at the 2017 Travelers Championship to beat Daniel Berger. Spieth labored through his final round, shooting an even-par 70, after birding his first two holes of the round. Berger was able to catch Spieth with a three-under 67 to force the playoff, but couldn’t chip in to match Spieth and fell for second. It was Spieth’s second win of the season, which opened the door for his third later that year at the Open Championship.
- JT Fills the Trophy Case
- Just quick resume update for Justin Thomas:
- Wins four PGA Tour events (CIMB Classic as defending champ, Tourney of Champions, Sony Open, Dell Technologies)
- Wins first major (PGA Championship)
- Wins Fed-Ex Cup and Player of the Year
- Win President’s Cup
- Shoot 59 in official event
- Tie Major low round with 63 at the US Open
- Wins CJ Cup to start 2018
- Just quick resume update for Justin Thomas:
It was easy to say that JT decided winning was a priority in 2017 and he took it out on the tour. Even though he didn’t win the Tour Championship, his second place wrapped up an impressive end to the season that saw JT go 1-T6-1-T47-2 starting with the PGA Championship. From Thomas’ 3-wood into 18 at Erin Hills to his 7-iron on 17 at the PGA, Thomas had an individual season worth remember for a long time
Kevin Kisner chips in to force playoff at the Zurich Classic (First year of team event)
Jon Rahm makes eagle on the 72nd hole to win first career PGA tour event at Torrey Pines
Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele, Grayson Murray, Wesley Bryan collect first career win
Top 3 Golf Moments of 2017
- Sergio Finally Wins a Major – Having held the title of “Best Golfer to Never Win a Major” Sergio finally broke through with a win at the 2017 Masters Tournament. Sergio was able to best Justin Rose in a playoff by draining a putt on 18 while Justin missed. Also notable was the “fall down” the steps of the favorite Dustin Johnson, which led him to WD from the tournament.
- Jordan Scrambling – 2017 was definitely a year of some incredible golf shots. Two stand out for me. First, was Jordan in a playoff at the Travelers against Berger. Jordan ended up in a bunk after an errant second shot on the first playoff hole. Meanwhile, Berger was safely on the green. Jordan then proceeded to make the bunker shot for the most epic walk off win of the year. Second, was Jordan at the Open Championship, where he sprayed a drive way right then used some obscure rule to find relief and then hit a blind shot up near the green. The drop was/is debatable, but in typical Spieth fashion he found a way to scramble out of trouble enroute to his first Open Championship.
- Return of the Tiger – I know, I know he only played 1 tournament, but it was notable and exciting. If you grew up as I did watching Tiger dominate all over the world then THIS return looked promising. I really think Tiger has taken his time with his rehab and is ready to get back to playing competitive golf in 2018.