Jim Herre, managing editor, SI Golf Group: I'm thankful that Erin Hills, in my home state of Wisconsin, got its U.S. Open and Bob Lang's dream came true.
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Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: I'm thankful that golf is in a different place this Thanksgiving than a year ago, that we're not all on Tiger watch, waiting like paparazzi for him to show his face somewhere, anywhere. It was a perfect storm of the new age of media that showed how imperfect and intrusive and pervasive this new media can be. For something resembling normalcy, thanks.
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John Garrity, contributing writer, Sports Illustrated: For the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, for having the good sense to stage the Open Championship at the Old Course every five years.
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David Dusek, deputy editor, Golf.com: I'm thankful that Tiger Woods has promised me he's going to stay home and make macaroni and cheese for his son, Charlie, and daughter, Sam, on Thanksgiving. That means I get to enjoy Thanksgiving with my son, Charlie, and daughter, Lindsay, without the world being turned upside-down like last year.
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Rick Lipsey, writer-reporter, Sports Illustrated: The ability to play with my son and daughter. Watching the Himalayan kids in my youth golf program in Nepal and Bhutan learn to love the game and excel at it.
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Jeff Ritter, senior producer, Golf.com (second from left): Man weekends, forgiving drivers, mulligans, beverage cart girls, beverages, the fact that 18 new courses were able to open this year, and an interesting new plot line in golf who's No. 1?
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Jim Gorant, senior editor, Sports Illustrated Golf Plus: Twelve more years of square grooves, and Dustin Johnson's resilience.
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Eamon Lynch, executive editor, Golf Magazine: For Dustin Johnson. If he were smarter, two majors this year wouldn't have been as interesting to watch. For Phil. Without him at Augusta, we would have had two years of very low-wattage winners in the majors. For Tiger. No matter how hard he tries to adopt a friendlier persona, it's reassuring that his bland, corporate soul remains the one thing in his world that is unchanging.
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Cameron Morfit, senior writer, Golf Magazine: I was thankful for Mickelson's victory at the Masters, as were many. Jen Mackay, wife of Mickelson's caddie, Jim (Bones) Mackay, and best friends with Mickelson's wife, Amy, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in spring 2009, said she's rarely gone more than a few days without Phil's third Masters W coming up somehow. "It's been fun to meet other cancer survivors and hear what it meant to them," she says. "I think that meant a lot to a lot of people."
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Alan Bastable, senior editor, Golf Magazine: I'm thankful, as always, for short par-4s. No hole makes a hacker bristle with machismo quite like a 290-yard four-shotter. Driver-wedge does it get any sweeter? Make 3 and you feel like a Tour pro. Make 5 and you feel like a turkey. No hole is more fun to watch either. The driveable par-4 15th at Celtic Manor (left) was one of the viewing highlights of 2010. Watching the boys bomb drivers and 3-woods over a ridge and through the trees to a tiered green flanked by nasty lies, often with a match in the balance, was must-see TV. It certainly beats the Patriots at the Lions.
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Charlie Hanger, executive editor, Golf.com: A new world order in which, for now at least, the best player in the world, and the favorite for every major tournament, is not a foregone conclusion.
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Mike Walker, senior editor, Golf Magazine and Golf.com: I'm thankful for that thrilling Monday at the Ryder Cup, which proved that at its best professional golf is the most exciting game in the world. I'm thankful for a job that allows me to do something I love. But mostly I'm thankful for my favorite golf partners: my brother and my father.
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