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The top moment of 2016

Another year on the books, and we celebrate it with our favorite moment of 2016. It came during the epic final round of the Open Championship where Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson traded blows, Stenson firing a final round 63 to best Mickelson’s 65 and win his first major championship. While the Sunday duel will go down as one of the best final rounds in major championship history, the moment that stood out to me the most will also be my lasting impression of Henrik Stenson as a golfer. Stenson is among the greatest ball-strikers and iron-players to ever play the game. He stepped up to the tough par-3 17th with a two-shot lead. He hit his iron shot, and for a moment, I thought he hit a poor one because of his nonchalant reaction, simply looking away and handing his club to his caddy. Then the ball landed about 4 feet from the hole. I will never forget that reaction, and it’s an image I will remember Stenson by forever.

For this week’s Skratch Video, I picked out my favorite one from 2016 where they prank the PGA Tour rookies at their first event of the 2016-2017 season. If you want a laugh, check it out. 

The top 5 articles of 2016

Continuing our countdown from Wednesday, here are the top 5 articles from 2016 on the fried egg. 

#5 -  Where are they now? Ty Tryon
Contributor Cody Sundberg breaks down the career of the one-time phenom, Ty Tryon.  

#4 - Playing the World’s Top 100 by Age 32
The story of how Fergal O’Leary played Golf Magazine’s top 100 courses in the world by age 32.

#3 - America’s Next Great Golf Resort - Sand Valley
I went up to Sand Valley last summer to check out Michael Keiser’s latest resort. I was able to preview the Coore & Crenshaw course at the resort and was blown away. I can’t wait to get back up there to see the full course along with David McLay Kidd’s course, which opens for preview play next spring.

#2 - Loopin’ for Tiger
Contributor Kyle Nathan retells his experience of caddying for Tiger Woods at the height of his dominance in 2000. 

#1 - Championship Dreams: Chicago Makes its Move
And the top article of the year was the recent news of Tiger Woods building a new golf course on Chicago’s southside. We trekked down there this week to take some new pictures in the setting sun. Take a look. 

The Amateur circuit

While all is quiet in professional golf, the holidays signal some high-profile amateur events, none bigger than the Patriot All-American. Through one round, the leader is Northwestern’s Andrew Whalen, who fired an opening-round 67 to sit one shot ahead of Ole’ Miss’ Braden Thornberry. Some names to note include Walker Cup hopefuls John Oda (t3), Nick Hardy (t13) and Sean Crocker (t38). Check out the full scores here.

Championship golf at a DMK Design

Yesterday, USC announced that Rolling Hills C.C. in Palos Verdes would be the host to the 2018 Pac-12 Championship. Rolling Hills was a nondescript LA course but has undergone a major renovation at the hands of David McLay Kidd. Here’s the full story.

Spring season is right around the corner

Our college and amateur golf contributor, Andy Hill, recaps the fall season and looks ahead to some of the big questions that linger for the spring and championship season of college golf. 

A couple of PSA’s 

We have fried egg merchandise! We rented out some space in NLU’s store for t-shirts, hoodies, coffee mugs and more. 

Also, today the Golf Channel is airing 15 straight hours of Tiger highlights… set those DVRs.

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