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Season started off with a bang!

Posted Dec 28, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Marin Kaymer

The 2010 golf season was a fantastic year, especially for Europe’s elite players who dominated the majors and claimed Ryder Cup glory in October. But here, we take a look back on the 12 months of the season and bring you the best of the season.
So let’s start with December 2009 to February 2010, the first months of the season. On the European Tour, some of the big names laid down early markers and we saw an early indication of how eventual European number one Martin Kaymer would get on.
The first contest of the year was the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa and it was Pablo Martin who the title and winnings from a pot of nearly 1m euros. A few days later, Richie Ramsey won the South African Open Championship before Charl Schwartzel took the Africa Open and Joburg Open in quick succession. Kaymer then won the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and took away his cuts from a pot of 1.5m euros to lay down an early marker to those around him.
Robert Karlsson then won the Commercialbank Qatar Masters at the end of January with Miguel Angel Jiminez, Andrew Dodt and Ian Poulter claiming the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the Avantha Masters and the WGC – Accenture Match Play Championships respectively in Feburary. Poulter’s win in particular was a fantastic performance and earnt him a massive share of the staggering 6.2m euros prize fund.
On the PGA Tour in America, the massive prize funds were flowing early and there were some big wins for Geoff Ogilvy at the SBS Championship, Ryan Palmer at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Bill Haas in the Bob Hope Classic and Ben Crane in the Farmers Insurance Open. All these wins in January earnt the winners a share of prize fund of more than $5m each.
In February, Steve Stricker got his first win of the season by taking the Northern Trust Open, while Dustin Johnson claimed the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Cameron Beckman won the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya before Hunter Mahan stormed to the FBR Open at the end of the month.
The golf season was well and truly way after these and some of the sport’s big guns were already well and truly firing. It really was the start of a stunning season to come.

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