10 Golfers Who Had a Disappointing 2011

Mike LynchContributor IIISeptember 21, 2011

10 Golfers Who Had a Disappointing 2011

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    The 2011 PGA Tour season is coming to an end this weekend. It certainly was an interesting year and a disappointing one for some.

    It was an injury-plagued year with no wins for Tiger Woods. Ernie Els and Jim Furyk, after years of consistent play, saw a decline in their form. Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell failed to maintain the great play they displayed late in 2010 and early this year.  

    Here are the most disappointing golfers of 2011.

10. Phil Mickelson

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    Mickelson recorded a victory this season and six top 10 finishes. However, he blew his chance to win the British Open.

    He also has dropped to the ninth spot in the world rankings. He was not in contention at the other three majors this season. His putting has declined to the point that he is using a belly putter.  

    While he did not play badly, by his own standards it was a sub-par year. 

9. Stewart Cink

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    Cink continued to decline from his 2009 form. He missed seven cuts and only recorded one top 10 finish.

    In two seasons, he went from 16th in the world to being out of the top 100. He only qualified for the first two FedEx Cup events.

8. Anthony Kim

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    Kim can no longer use his major thumb injury as an excuse for poor play. He had a terrible 2011 season. He missed 12 cuts in 26 starts and fell to 75th in the world.  

    Considered a future star at one point, Kim has seriously regressed. He will continue to struggle if his driving does not improve. 

7. Padraig Harrington

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    The decline of Padraig Harrington steepened in 2011. He went from 25th in the world to 81st. He barely qualified for the FedEx Cup.

    It is amazing that only three years ago he won consecutive major championships.

6. Louis Oosthuizen

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    Oosthuizen was a surprise winner at the 2010 British Open. However, he had played better in 2010 than most people realized.  

    He has slipped out of the top 50 in the world. He did not qualify for the FedEx Cup and is not a factor in the Race to Dubai.

5. Jim Furyk

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    Furyk won three times in 2010 and captured the FedEx Cup. Had it not been for some better play recently, he would be higher on this list.  

    Furyk missed seven cuts and had only four top 10 finishes. He failed to qualify for the Tour Championship, and his best finish all season was sixth.

4. Martin Kaymer

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    Kaymer won the 2010 PGA Championship and had a hot start to 2011. He vaulted to the top spot in the world rankings.  

    However, Kaymer worked on some adjustments in order to tailor his game for Augusta. He has not come close to his level of play since.  

    Kaymer has not played as badly as others on this list, but the form he showed early on this season and last season makes his year disappointing.  

3. Graeme McDowell

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    McDowell won the US Open in 2010 and made the clinching putt for Europe in the Ryder Cup. He beat Tiger Woods in a playoff in December and entered 2011 as one of the hottest players in the game.  

    However, he cooled down quickly and fell from the top five in the world to 15th. McDowell seemed to be plagued by horrible rounds here and there. He failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup BMW Championship.

2. Ernie Els

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    Els held the top spot in the FedEx Cup standings for most of 2010. He won twice on the PGA Tour and had seven top 10 finishes.  

    But 2011 was a complete turnaround. Els failed to record a single top-10 finish on the tour. He barely qualified for the FedEx cup, needing to play the Wyndham Championship to get in. He only managed to advance to the second round. Els switched to the belly putter as his putting had become atrocious.

1. Tiger Woods

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    Tiger Woods had an injury-plagued year and only contended in one tournament. After coming back in August, he did not contend at the WGC Bridgestone and missed the cut at the PGA Championship. He has fallen all the way to 49th in the World Rankings.  

    While the injury has caused his ranking to fall quickly, the fact is that his play has been mediocre. Woods is scheduled to play a fall series event, the Frys.com Open, which would have been unfathomable two years ago.