It is said that golf doesn’t do draws so the decision to award the Golfer of the Year title to Martin Kaymer and Greame McDowell has unsurprisingly caused some controversy amongst those studying the 2010 Livescores .
But a quick run down of the duo achievements this year it is understandable that the panel of judges, made up of representatives of all sections of the golfing media, could not separate them.
Kaymer clinched his maiden major title when he beat American Bubba Watson in a play-off for the USPGA at Whistling Straits in August. One of four Tour titles that helped the German win the season-long Race to Dubai and claim more prize money and a higher world ranking than McDowell.
McDowell claimed three victories during the season – one less than Kaymer. But he has had the extra kudos of becoming the first European to win the US Open for 40 years as well as steering Europe home to a single-point win in October’s Ryder Cup – something that can’t bemeasured with statistics.
The decision to share the title was made before McDowell’s victory at the Chevron Challenge in California at the weekend, where he overhauled a four-shot deficit to beat Tiger Woods at the first hole of a play-off. But that win merely confirms that he deserves the award.
Both players deserve recognition for their achievements this year and the judges should be applauded for their decision – there was no tangible reason to separate the two.
It is merely the result of an eventful and ultimately successful season on the European tour this year. The 2011 Live golf scores have a lot to live up to.