|INTRO | REVIEW BY SPORT | GALLERY | VOTE | LEGENDS REMEMBERED | 2002 CALENDAR|
By Richard Hughes and Matt Slater
The postponement of the Ryder Cup cast a huge shadow over the golfing year.
A season that had been building toward the Belfry was stopped in its tracks by the 11 September attacks on the US.
The match will now be played next year with the same teams taking part and the Americans look set to start as favourites after taking most of the big prizes in 2001.
As ever it was Tiger Woods who led the way, completing his own version of the Grand Slam with victory in the Masters.
That left the world number one holding all four majors, but his run came to an end at the US Open.
Woods never recovered from an opening round of 74 and it was unheralded South African Retief Goosen who held his nerve to take the title after a play-off with Mark Brooks.
The next player to add his name to the list of Major winners was David Duval who produced a controlled display at Royal Lytham to win the Open by three shots.
Duval was a worthy winner but Ian Woosnam’s caddy attracted almost as many headlines.
Miles Byrne set off carrying too many clubs in the Welshman’s bag and the resultant two-shot penalty ended Woosnam’s hopes of winning.
In the final Major of the year, the USPGA, David Toms was yet another first-time winner.
On the women’s tour there was only one story, Annika Sorenstam’s Tiger-like domination. The Swede’s return of eight wins and 20 top 10 finishes from 26 starts earned her over $2m in prize money.
And honourable mention must be given to Great Britain and Ireland’s amateurs for retaining the Walker Cup against a highly fancied US team in Georgia.