Death, Deflategate, and a Cubs World Series: 2016 in Sports

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Much in the manner that the NBA felt unmoored following Michael Jordan's retirement, it has been a period of transition as the golf world pivots away from the era of Tiger Woods' singular dominance into a more diffuse if still appealing aftermath. 2016 represented a tentative step forward, with profoundly charismatic characters like Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson breaking through with their first majors, while relative obscurities Jimmy Walker and Danny Willet were worthy winners of the PGA and Masters respectively. While it is difficult to imagine a firmament-rattling figure like Woods emerging again, the game is rich in young talent with Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and Jordan Spieth, all under-30 players en route to Hall Of Fame careers. Meanwhile, Woods' great arch rival Phil Mickelson had a season to remember, first playing brilliantly in finishing second to Stenson at the British Open and then leading the Americans to a long-sought-after bit of redemption in the Ryder Cup. The sport even made its return to the Olympics for the first time in a century, and while most of the top players couldn't be bothered, Justin Rose fought off Stenson for the gold medal in what turned out to be a highly entertaining affair. Oh, and there was also a healthy looking Tiger Woods back in competition for the first time in fifteen months at the beginning of December. Intrigue!

MVP: Henrik Stenson

Runner Up: Phil Mickelson

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