The golf moments our readers are thankful for this year

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We reached out to you -- our 394,000+ friends in Facebook Nation -- to ask: What golf moments -- either your own, or those you saw -- are you most thankful for this year?
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | 8:30 a.m.

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, everyone. We recently took a look back at the year that was in golf and noted seven golf moments we were thankful for in 2016.

To piggyback on that theme, we reached out to you -- our 394,000+ friends in Facebook Nation -- to ask the same question: What golf moments -- either your own, or those you saw -- are you most thankful for this year?

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We received a tremendous response, making it clear you all had a lot to be thankful for. Here's a list of our favorite answers:

Mark A. Plavan: Greatest Ryder Cup match of my lifetime!! I am Thankful that I got to play three rounds at Chambers Bay during the Veteran Golfers Association Western Region Qualifier. Awesome course breathtaking views!!

Anita Bengtsson: Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson, the best!

Glenn Meyers: Rory's finish at the Irish Open was incredible.

Cathy Anderson: Ryder Cup this year was so awesome. Was able to take my 18-year-old son who is a big golfer on Saturday and just had the BEST day.

Kevin Monaghan: Sergio and Phil (at the Ryder Cup), Henrik and Phil (at the Open Championship). Obviously! Best golf I've ever seen.

Steve Tamagni: Thankful golf is back in the Olympics.

Earl White: I am thankful for every single golf moment I have!

S Michael Pearson: Wasn't a fan of Reed but he's slowly moving up the charts.

Lindy Edmund: Thankful for being able to be at Hazeltine with my kids for the USA victory. Special.

Jordan Esensten: I am thankful to have played Pebble, Winged Foot, and National Golf Links this year.

Dave Mallon: My son made the all star team in his first year of PGA Junior League. And he sank a 20' birdie putt to win his match!

Simon Jackson: Great Golfers, Great Sportsmen and what an AWESOME match at the Ryder Cup. Rory STILL FED EX CAMP THOUGH!

Jared Seals: I get so emotionally jacked for team golf Patrick Reed had me pounding my chest on this one!

Garrett Kenneth: Dustin Johnson at the US Open was my top spot. Hoping for a repeat when I'm there at Erin Hills!

Jim Boerger: Phil and Sergio paired together on Sunday at the Ryder Cup was also EPIC!

Jon McGowan: One thing I'm truly grateful for is that I happened to record the Ryder Cup, so I'll have the McIlroy/Reed match to watch over and over.

Keith Pederson: Playing a tournament in September with a friend of mine, even though we lost that day. Eight days later he was killed in a car accident.

Boyd Baumgartner: Playing several rounds this past summer with my 23-year-old son. Every moment I got to spend with him was precious to me, regardless of the score.

Timothy Taylor: I am thankful I still get to play with my 78 year old father. (Not so thankful he still wins) and I shoot in the mid to high 80s!

Jim Cook: Playing golf with my wife, dad, me and my 2 sons!! Never take for granted when it will be the last time that this great game can be passed generation to generation!!

Terrence Craig Toutant: The Stenson/Mickelson Duel at Troon was the best golf I've ever watched. I also tied my personal low round of 4-over par this season. Next year I'm nailing par!!

Jeff Berry: For myself -- Made my first hole-in-one and my witness was my 12-year-old son. Watching Others -- Seeing Justin Rose come over and hand his ball to my 9-year-old son on the ninth green at the WGC-Bridgestone (Rose is his favorite). 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.