Golfers keep Santa busy this time of year.

It seems to the casual fan that professional golfers have a pretty sweet deal. They travel around the world, play golf at the best resorts, are treated like royalty and win big checks.   Here is a little secret pros wish for gifts from Santa, too.

Here is a sampling of a few of the letters Santa has received this year from golfers.

Dear Santa,

I want to thank-you for those shiny new trophies you brought last year. I already had a Wanamaker, but if Tiger can have four, a second one is cool. The Claret Jug was especially great, it’s amazing how much better Guinness tastes coming out of it.

Anyway, I was thinking a wardrobe upgrade would be nice for next year. Could I start with a new Green Jacket?

I will leave a little something for you in the jug by the fireplace, if you know what I mean (Wink,Wink).

Rory McIlroy added a Claret Jug to his mantle.

Merry Christmas,

Rory

 

Dear Santa,

I know I was on the naughty list last year, but I am trying really hard to clean up my act this year. Paulina and her dad have shown me the error of my ways and I promise to be better.

I’ve had a few months of down time to think about what I wanted for Christmas this year and I do really appreciate what you have given me in

Dustin Johnson was on the naughty list this year.

the past.

I guess the only thing I don’t have is a major trophy. I’ve been really close a couple of times, but the darn things are not easy to capture.

So if you could help me close the deal and drop off a Green Jacket or Wanamaker Trophy this year, I would be so happy.

Oh and Paulina wants some jewelry, a new car, a Maserati, I believe. A new wardrobe, she’s gone up a couple of sizes since last year. You know, with the baby and all.

Well anyway, Thanks Santa, and I will try to be good this year.

Dustin

 

Merry Christmas Santa,

I just wanted to drop you a note to thank-you for all the really neat stuff you brought last year.

Michael Whan has led the LPGA Tour to new heights.

It all just seems too much. Lexi won a major, Lydia won three times and earned $1.5 million in one week. Stacy and Inbee battled for the top spot all year, plus Michelle brought golf fans by the millions to watch our show. Television ratings went through the roof.

Thank-you for all of the great young talent you have already given us for next year. I’m sure Charley and Minjee will fit right in with the other girls.

With everything you have already brought, I really don’t need anything else. Maybe you can give more stuff to Timmy (Finchem), Mikey (Davis) and Teddy (Bishop).

I think Teddy especially could use some cheering up.

Thanks again, Santa and be careful out there on those slippery rooftops this year.

Michael Whan

 

Ho, Ho, Ho, Santa and Merry Christmas,

Everyone said I was a bad boy last year, but I was completely misunderstood.

Ted Bishop had a social media mishap.

Calling little Ian a name wasn’t met as a sexist remark, it was meant to motivate him to do better in his job. You know, he hasn’t won anything of consequence for some time and I was just trying to help him man-up.

By the way, my buddy Tommy (Watson) has been feeling kind of down since the other kids started calling him names. If you could leave some really cool stuff under his tree, I’m sure it would help him feel better.

I know, I am on the naughty list this year and don’t expect much, but thanks for all really wonderful presents, you gave me the last couple of years.

Ted

 

Dear Santa,

Thank-you for those eight major championship trophies you gave me throughout my career. I really, really like each and every one, but five Claret Jugs was a bit much, don’t you think?

Tom Watson was the Captain for the losing Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles.

I would have gladly traded one or two of them for a Ryder Cup.

Speaking of Claret Jugs, you would have thought with my experience and motivational skills my team would have performed a little better at Gleneagles last September.

I’m surprised I didn’t receive a Christmas card from Phil this year.

Oh well, I’m sorry if I disappointed you and will try to do better next year.

Merry Christmas,

Tommy

 

Dear Santa,

Thanks for the jet, the mansion and a wonderful wife and kids.  I probably don’t deserve everything you have given me in the past.

Maybe that’s why you didn’t give me very much last year.

Phil Mickelson was not happy at the Ryder Cup.

I mean, I didn’t win a single thing and then Tommy was mean to me in Scotland. He wouldn’t let me play with all the other kids on Saturday.

Anyway, I showed him. He won’t do that to me again.

Santa since you didn’t give me very much last year, could you get me a U.S. Open Trophy this year?

I’ve already got three Green Jackets, a Wanamaker and a Claret Jug, but I could use that U.S. thing to complete the set.

I will be really, really good, I promise.

Thanks, your friend,

Phil

 

Dear Santa,

Eldrick here, thanks for all the stuff you have brought in the past.

I have so many trophies I had to build a great big house to hold it all. Do you know what it costs to hire security to keep all that stuff safe?

Thanks too for the creaky knees and sore back that needed surgery and kept me home most of the year.

The new contract with Hero MotoCorp was nice, that will come in handy when I pull the G6 up to the gas pump. Not all of us have a herd of reindeer to pull our sleighs around.

I have worked very hard to get healthy this year, Santa. If you could bring me five more major trophies, I would be so happy.

Merry Christmas & Happy Hanakkuh

Tiger

 

Dear Santa,

Four top-five finishes was great in 2014, but really can I get just one major in 2015?

Rickie Fowler finished inside the Top 5 in every 2014 major championship.

Did Rory really need two last year?

Rickie

 

Dear Santa,

You outdid yourself again, Santa. I thought 2013 was a super year, but you put me back on top at the end.

I just can’t wait to see what you leave me for next year.

Thanks and Merry Christmas,

Jordan

 

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The European Ryder Cup Team is still dancing.

The 2014 golf season was been filled with monumental events and stories. Tiger Woods’ injuries and surgery kept him out of the winner’s circle. Rory McIlroy won two majors and the WGC-Bridgestone Championship. He added the Race to Dubai for good measure and resumed he No. 1 spot on the Official World Golf Rankings.

60-year-old Tom Watson did not relate well to the U.S. Ryder Cup Team

Seventeen-year-old Lydia Ko, winning $1.5 million in one week on the LPGA Tour in her rookie season, is certainly a story for the ages. Michelle Wie finally fulfilled her immense potential and gave golf fans something to cheer about, when she finished runner-up to Lexi Thompson at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and won the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst.

Bernhard Langer had one of the best years ever witnessed with 18 top-10 finishes and five wins on the Champions Tour. Ex-PGA of America President, Ted Bishop created a social-media frenzy when he called Ian Poulter a “little girl” on Twitter and Facebook.

All of these are certainly huge stories and dominated headlines for several days and weeks during the year.

The biggest story by far had to be the Ryder Cup and the subsequent fallout for the American loss. The Europeans won the cup for the seventh time in the last nine competitions and the pressure is on the PGA of America to turn things around in a hurry.

The decision to appoint 58-year-old Tom Watson as the U.S. Ryder Cup Team captain in 2012 seemed a dubious choice at best. The PGA of America had just witnessed yet another stunning defeat at the hands of the last-minute European comeback at Medinah and was looking to change the equation.

Watson proved to be too “old-school” for the young and pampered golf professionals of today and the communication-gap was deafening.

Before the team even set out for Scotland problems existed. Three of the best Americans were unavailable for action at Gleneagles. Tiger Woods and Jason Dufner could not play due to injuries and Dustin Johnson was AWOL from the PGA Tour.

Phil Mickelson had not played well all season and even his pairing with Keegan Bradley, that had been so successful in previous team competions, soured and left a very bad taste in everyone’s mouth.

Phil Mickelson was not happy with Captain Watson.

After being held out of both the four-ball and foursome matches on Saturday, the senior member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, Mickelson took Watson to task and made a public spectacle in the media center.

Jordan Spieth and partner Patrick Reed along with Rickie Fowler were the only bright spots for the U.S. Team and Watson decided to hold Spieth/Reed out of the Saturday afternoon session, which didn’t help team morale.

The boiling point came in a team meeting when Watson lost his cool and disrespected a gift the team had gotten for him. The competitive Watson could not accept an all-out thumping by the Europeans and his anger got the best of him further alienating U.S. Team members.

He-said-this-and-he-said-that stories abounded after the matches were complete and the PGA of America appointed a task force to address problem areas and appoint the next Ryder Cup captain.

Everyone from Freddie Couples to Paul Azinger has offered advice to the PGA, but no one seems to be listening.

The Ryder Cup has become one of the biggest sporting events in the world and is a huge income windfall for the European Tour and the PGA of America. It demands maximum attention and when the team self-destructs, like the U.S. Team did in September, it makes for a long drawn-out news cycle and every little item becomes headline worthy.

Thank goodness we have nearly two years to write about the 2016 Ryder Cup that returns to the U.S. at Hazeltine Country Club.

 

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