This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
With Collin Morikawa's stress-free win at the Open Championship, the final major of 2021 and an unprecedented period in golf history are now complete. Did it seem like there was a never-ending stream of big events? Well, there was. Incredibly, seven majors, three WGCs, three FedEx Cup playoff events and THE PLAYERS Championship were all played in the past 12 months.
Let's put aside the Match Play event. The other 13 tournaments offer a great indicator of who the best golfers in the world were over the past year. The Official World Golf Rankings factor in the past 24 months.
We'll take a look at most of the top golfers and, later on, also some others who stood out at Royal St. George's. You would think that a golfer who won at least one of these big events, especially a major, could lay claim to a great year, but it's not so simple, is it, Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson?
It goes without saying that Hideki Matsuyama wouldn't trade his Masters win for a series of top-5s. But that's not what this is about. It's about 13 events and the totality of the yearlong period.
Two golfers really stand head and shoulders above the rest. That's no surprise. We'll start with them.
Morikawa won the first major of this stretch, the 2020 PGA Championship, and the last one. He also won the WGC-Workday in February, was sixth in the Tour Championship, fourth at last month's U.S.