Why We’re Thankful

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"I’m thankful for The Masters, for the excitement we got down the stretch at this year’s tournament, and that it starts all over again in about four months." -- David Dusek, Golf.com deputy editor
2 of 14 Gary Lisbon
“I’m thankful for golf courses— my local course, the venues you can only get close to by watching the big events on TV, and the eye-popping scenery around most Tour tracks. Maybe it’s the HDTV, but they’ve never looked better, and the new ones I’ve played this year are starting to pay more heed to playability than brutality. You can have Fenway, Daytona, Cameron Indoor Arena and even the Rose Bowl—golf courses are the true cathedrals of sport.” -- David DeNunzio, Golf Magazine managing editor (instruction) [Pictured: Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand]
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"I'm thankful for the rarely-seen leftward shank with which I started my first-ever round at the Old Course. From there, I had nowhere to go but up." -- Charlie Hanger, Golf.com executive editor [Pictured: Hanger on the first tee at St. Andrews in July.]
4 of 14 Steve Elkington
"I'm thankful Steve Elkington joined Twitter." -- Stephanie Wei, contributor, SI Golf+ [Illustration by Calder Chism. Follow Elkington on Twitter at @elkpga and check out secretinthedirt.com.]
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"I'm thankful for the competitive weakness and yippy strokes of my colleagues that allowed me to win three of the four office tournaments in 2011. And for my fellow Northern Irishman, Rory McIlroy, who inspired me to win with grace and humility." -- Eamon Lynch, Golf Magazine executive editor
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"I'm grateful that Tiger Woods is still trying. Not many people, who plummeted from the literal top of their avocation to way down in the pack, would have the resolve to grind as hard as Woods toils in his attempt to get it back. The game is richer for his effort, no matter how it turns out. As schoolteachers and coaches always point out to their charges, it's the effort that counts." -- Rick Lipsey, Sports Illustrated writer/reporter
7 of 14 Pinehurst Resort
"I'm thankful for Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore's redesign of Pinehurst No. 2. One of America's great courses has the 'wow' factor again after an extensive renovation designed to bring back the look and playability of Donald Ross's original vision. Job well done, fellas." -- Ryan Reiterman, Golf.com senior producer [Pictured: Pinehurst No. 2]
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"I’m thankful that Sergio Garcia has his head, heart and game back together. His back-to-back wins in Spain point to a big 2012 for El Nino, who’s still young enough to win a fistful of majors. Sergio’s one of the top 5 favorites to win at Augusta." -- Connell Barrett, Golf Magazine editor at large [Pictured: Garcia after his win at the Andalucia Masters in Spain]
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"I'm thankful Tiger is staying at home this Thanksgiving so the golf media can enjoy the holiday. (Tiger: if you're reading this, thanks in advance for your cooperation)." -- Jeff Ritter, Golf.com senior producer
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"I’m thankful that no matter how frustrating and time-consuming and expensive the game of golf can be at times, it always gives back much more than you put into it." -- Mike Walker, Golf Magazine senior editor [Pictured: Phil Mickelson, like all golfers, has known both heartbreak and joy on the course.]
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"I'm thankful for golf in the gloaming, be it long shadows at La Purisima or thick mist at Montauk." - Damon Hack, Sports Illustrated senior writer [Pictured: Ryo Ishikawa at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach]
12 of 14 Bobby Yip/Reuters
"I'm thankful for the young, efficient female caddies at China's Mission Hills Resort, site of this week's WGC-World Cup event. Not only do they clean your ball on the green, but they replace it for you, and don't emerge from their crouch until the lettering has lined up perfectly. The procedure takes some getting used to, but for a guy with a bad back, it's heaven! Happy Thanksgiving!" - Joe Passov, Golf Magazine editor-at-large [Pictured: Rory McIlroy at the 2011 World Cup at Mission Hills Resort.]
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"I'm thankful for clubs that don't allow cell phones and really mean it. I need a break from the electronica in my life, and sometimes the only place you get it is on the course. I think I'm going to power down now. Happy thanksgiving to all." - Michael Bamberger, Sports Illustrated senior writer [Pictured: Phil Mickelson on Hogan Bridge at the 2010 Masters]
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I’m thankful for 27-hole days. 18 doesn’t quite scratch the itch and 36 can get tedious. Like Baby Bear’s porridge, three nines is just right." -- Alan Bastable, Golf Magazine senior editor