Shipnuck's oral history of the thrilling final Sunday of the 2011 Masters was awarded first place in the "Special Projects" category. He also received honorable mentions in the non-daily column category for two columns: "Dufner is golf's coolest man" and "Rory is not Tiger." In addition, Shipnuck earned an honorable mention for non-daily news for his piece on Rory McIlroy's global brand and took second place in the non-daily features category for his work detailing how Jhonattan Vegas became the "Pride of Venezuela."
Shipnuck wrote his first cover story for Sports Illustrated in 1994 and became a staff writer for the magazine in '96.
Here are the other Golf.com and Sports Illustrated winners and honorable mentions:
- Non-Daily News: Damon Hack, Sports Illustrated, 2nd place -- "Red Storm Rising"
- Non-Daily News: Michael Bamberger, Sports Illustrated, 3rd place -- "Phil Wins, Tiger loses at Pebble"
- Non-Daily Features: Gary Van Sickle, Sports Illustrated, 2nd place -- "Education of Tom Watson
DAILY COLUMNS – 1. Dave Seanor, Yahoo! Sports, "The false promise of Tiger Woods"; 2. Jeff Rude, Golfweek.com, "Vivid memories of Hogan and Nelson"; 3. John Hopkins, GlobalGolfPost.com, "In praise of the Amateur"
Honorable mention: Ron Borges, Boston Herald, "PoulterHeist"; Steve Eubanks, GlobalGolfPost.com, "A Selah for Furman"; Jim McCabe, Golfweek.com, "Remembering Furman Bisher"; Josh Sens, Golf.com, "Invited to The Country Club, finally"
DAILY NEWS: 1. Ron Green, Jr., Charlotte Observer, "McIlroy slays field in PGA Championship"; 2. Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.com, "Bubba is part artist, part magician"; 3. Ian O’Connor, ESPN.com,"Olympic’s 16th Hole doomed Furyk:
Honorable mention: Tony Dear, Cybergolf.com, "Win by Els is bittersweet"; Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, "A new name in Masters lore"; Jay Flemma, Cybergolf.com, "Triple Double at Winged Foot"
DAILY FEATURES: 1. Jason Sobel, GolfChannel.com, "More to The Jungle Bird"; 2. Lisa Mickey, New York Times, "A path to opportunity"; 3. Jeff Babineau, Golfweek.com, "Good attitude a must at Open"
Honorable mention: Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Chuasiriporn left game behind"; Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rory’s future is limited only by his drive"; Jim McCabe, Golfweek.com, "Euro teammates trust Poulter"; Alan Tays, GolfChannel.com, "Back on course after accident.
NON-DAILY COLUMNS: 1, Beth Ann Baldry, Golfweek, Creamer’s tearful farewell to Pops; 2, Jim McCabe, Golfweek, Jack: Heart of a champion spans generations; 3, Ron Sirak, Golf World, Pepper’s pardon"
Honorable mention: Jeff Babineau, Golfweek, "A band of believers"; Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, "Dufner is golf’s coolest man"; Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, "Rory is not Tiger"
NON-DAILY NEWS: 1. Tim Rosaforte, Golf World, "No rest for Rory"; 2. Damon Hack, Sports Illustrated, "Red Storm Rising"; 3. Michael Bamberger, Sports Illustrated, " Phil wins, Tiger loses at Pebble"
Honorable mention: Jim Moriarty, Golf World, "Beach Party, Rory wins PGA"; Jeff Rude, Golfweek, "Duval returns to Lytham"; Curt Sampson, Golf World, " Collectibles, bidding for history"; Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, "Rory, globe-trotting star"
NON-DAILY FEATURES: 1, Jaime Diaz, Golf Digest, "Billy Casper, Out of the darkness"; 2. Gary VanSickle, Sports Illustrated, "Education of Tom Watson"; 3. (tie) Steve Rushin, Golf Digest, "Bad to the Bone" and Jeff Silverman, Golf World, "Book worms"
Honorable mention: Jim Moriarty, Golf World, Upside-down world of Randy Simmons; Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, "How Jhonny V made good"; Stina Sternberg, Golf Digest, "Christina Kim: Tears of a clown"
SPECIAL PROJECTS: 1. Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, "Best Sunday ever"; 2. Guy Yocom and John Huggan, Golf Digest, "Rowdy Ryder Cup at Kiawah"; 3, Gregg Dewalt, Times Daily, "Revisiting Robert Trent Jones Trail"
Honorable mention: Mercer Baggs, Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel, GolfChannel.com, "The year 1912 and how it changed the game"; Peter Finch and Stina Sternberg, Golf Digest, "How golf really treats women"; Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle, "Charles Schwartzel, rise of a natural"
(Photo: Alan Shipnuck at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Kohjiro Kinno/SI)