Top Stories in 2008 - Honorable Mentions


Top 10 StoriesIt wasn't easy narrowing down our list of top stories from the past year to just 10. Our panel debated and ultimately came up with a final list, but that didn't mean there weren't some disagreements.
Here are a few honorable mentions who just missed the cut:



Kenny Perry: Goals. All of us have them, and we know that in order to achieve them we must exhibit dedication, hard work and focus. If youre Kenny Perry you can add up those traits, include a hot new putter, and you have a recipe for success.
For Perry the goal for 2008 was simple: Make the Ryder Cup team. Most players might aspire to win a major, but this Kentucky boy wanted to return home and represent his country at Valhalla. The not-so-simple part was that Perry, 47, is in the twilight of his PGA Tour career.
Perrys season started slowly, save for a T3 finish at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in January. Things seemed to click, however, after Perry finished runner-up at the AT&T Classic in May. After that week Perry enjoyed a five-week period in which he won the Memorial Tournament, the Buick Open and the John Deere Classic. In doing so, Perry had all but secured his spot on captain Paul Azingers U.S. team.
He took heat for skipping two majors along the way, but Perry had accomplished his goal. He then went on to finish with a 2-1-1 record at Valhalla.
FedEx Cup: Through two seasons the FedEx Cup Playoffs system has endured more than its fair share of controversy. In 2007, Tiger Woods proved he could skip an event and still win the Cup. In 2008, the points system was adjusted, but Vijay Singh had the title wrapped up by the Tour Championship. Although it was created to give credence to the Tours fall season, the FedEx Cup Playoffs system was in the headlines for the all the wrong reasons.
To kick off the 2008 Playoffs Singh won the Barclays in a playoff over Sergio Garcia. The next week he birdied the final three holes en route to winning the Deutsche Bank Championship. As it turned out, that would be all Singh needed to do in order to win the Cup.
During the next two weeks, Camilo Villegas won the BMW and Tour Championships in exciting fashion, and the FedEx Cup and $10 million prize were non-chalantly awarded to Singh. For the second consecutive year the Tour playoffs ended with just as many yawns as questions.
John Daly: Daly made a late push to make our honorable mention list, and he'd much rather not be here. Daly's 2008 disaster of a season included being recorded playing golf without a shirt and shoes; hitting a tee-shot off a beer can in a pro-am; playing the final few holes of a round in Tampa with football coach Jon Gruden as his caddie; a bitter, public war of words with Butch Harmon; spending the night in a Raleigh jail due to public intoxication at a Hooters; and being suspended ' according to him ' for six months by the Tour entering 2009. Oh, and he made only five cuts in 17 events on Tour in '08. It was, by his own admission, the worst year of his life.
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