3 Key Moments in Golf 2023
– Rory McIlroy’s thrilling victory at the Genesis Scottish Open with a remarkable final shot
– Rising star Rose Zhang triumphs in her first professional start at the LPGA’s Mizuho Americas Open
– Nick Taylor’s historic win at the RBC Canadian Open with an unforgettable eagle putt
Golfweek had its annual 2023 year end awards. Here is a breakdown of their Top Golf Tournaments of 2023.
McIlroy’s Scottish Open Triumph
The Genesis Scottish Open made waves in July with Rory McIlroy clinching victory in an epic showdown against native son, Robert MacIntyre. Despite a fervent home crowd cheering for MacIntyre, who finished with an impressive bogey-free streak, McIlroy’s last two holes featured birdies that secured his triumph. His shot with a 2-iron on the final hole became the highlight of his year, showcasing his unrivaled skill under pressure.
Zhang’s Spectacular Pro Debut
Marking her transition from amateur to professional, Rose Zhang made headlines by winning her very first professional event at the LPGA’s Mizuho Americas Open. Zhang’s victory, achieved shortly after her 20th birthday and a second NCAA title, not only emphasized her immense talent but also earned her instant LPGA status and a shot at the Solheim Cup.
Canadian Open’s Historic Finish
At the RBC Canadian Open, held amid surprising developments in the golf world, Nick Taylor ended a 69-year drought for Canadians at the national open. His third PGA Tour victory was sealed with a miraculous 72-foot eagle putt during a playoff, creating a legendary moment for Canadian golf fans and securing a place in the 2023 highlight reel.
Solheim Cup’s Spanish Showcase
Spain’s highly competitive Solheim Cup culminated with a dramatic Sunday, as Europe and the U.S. were neck-and-neck. Spanish golfer Carlota Ciganda emerged as a national hero, rebounding from a mishap to win her match against Nelly Korda. The event also saw Celine Boutier’s standout performance, as she continued her year’s success by contributing significantly to Europe’s victory.
The U.S. Open’s Storybook Finish
Los Angeles Country Club played host to a U.S. Open filled with history-making rounds and an unexpected champion. Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele set records with their opening rounds, while journeyman Wyndham Clark maintained composure to claim an unlikely victory. The final twist came as Rickie Fowler, once in contention, gave way amid the intense Sunday battle.
This year in golf brought fans thrilling moments of skill and emotion, from stunning shots to historic victories. As we reminisce over 2023’s best tournaments, these memories lay the foundation for another exciting year ahead in the world of golf.