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Geoff Ogilvy

JANUARY:

The residual from Tiger Woods' Thanksgiving 2009 crash spilled over into 2010 and dominated most of the year. The first month of the year consisted mainly of questions: Where was he? When would he return? Exactly how many mistresses did he have?

Geoff Ogilvy, finally gave us some golf to talk about when he defended his title at the season-opening SBS Championship.

                                                                       
Twenty-two years after father Jay did the same, Bill Haas won the Bob Hope Classic.
                                                              
                                                                        

 


Tiger Woods

FEBRUARY:

One of the hottest topics early in the 2010 golf season was the grooves debate. Players like Phil Mickelson and John Daly used Ping wedges which had square grooves – illegal by U.S. Golf Association standards, save for that particular brand. Scott McCarron went so far as to call the use of such wedges 'cheating.'


While that fire eventually died down, the Tiger Woods saga was just heating up. Woods made his first televised appearance since his scandal broke the previous November, on Feb. 19, before a hand-selected audience in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

 



Ernie Els

MARCH:

Ernie Els ended a two-year winless drought on the PGA Tour by capturing both the WGC-CA Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.


A Jacksonville newspaper revealed John Daly's lengthy Tour rap sheet, which included a list of transgressions longer than Rapunzel's hair.

On the Tiger front, Woods announced he would return to competition at the Masters Tournament. He also gave his first interview of the year to Golf Channel's. Kelly Tilghman.

 




Phil Mickelson

APRIL:

Tiger Woods faced a packed press room at Augusta National and then tied for fourth at the Masters Tournament.
He followed that, however, with a missed cut at Quail Hollow.

Yani Tseng won her second career major championship at the Kraft Nabisco.

Phil Mickelson earned his third career green jacket by making birdie on four of his final seven holes, including the shot of the year – his second to the par-5 13th – en route to a three-stroke triumph over Lee Westwood.

 



Lorena Ochoa

MAY:

Lorena Ochoa, who announced her retirement in April, played her final event as a full-time LPGA member, finishing sixth at the Tres Marias Championship in Mexico.


Erica Blasberg, a 25-year-old LPGA professional, was found dead in her Nevada home May 9. Her death was later ruled a suicide.

Tiger Woods withdrew from The Players Championship due to an injured neck and split with coach Hank Haney.                                                                        Japanese sensation Ryo Ishikawa fired a 12-under 58 to win on the Japan PGA Tour.

 


Graeme McDowell

JUNE:

Lee Westwood earned his first PGA Tour win since 1998 when Robert Garrigus blew a three-stroke lead on the final hole of the FedEx St. Jude.

One week later, Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell captured the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach when Dustin Johnson blew a three-stroke lead in the final round. McDowell finished at even-par, with Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson all coming up short.

Cristie Kerr won the LPGA Championship by 12 strokes for her second career major title.

 


Paula Creamer

JULY:

Paula Creamer became a first-time major champion, overcoming an injured thumb and a beast of a course in Oakmont to defeat Suzann Pettersen and Na Yeon Choi by four strokes at the U.S. Women's Open.


Louis Oosthuizen routed the field at the Open Championship at St. Andrews. The 27-year-old South African won the men's third major of the season by seven strokes.

Leading into the Open, Paul Goydos shot 12-under 59 in the first round of the John Deere Classic. He eventually finished second to Steve Stricker.

 



Dustin Johnson

AUGUST:

Dustin Johnson unwittingly grounded his club in a bunker on the 72nd hole of the PGA Championship. His bogey-5 was turned into a 7 and he missed a playoff by those two strokes. Germany's Martin Kaymer won the three-hole aggregate playoff over Bubba Watson.


Yani Tseng won her second major of the season at the Women's British Open.

Stuart Appleby became the second player of 2010 to shoot 59 on Tour, doing so in the final round to win the Greenbrier Classic.

 



Jim Furyk

SEPTEMBER:

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin filled out his team by using his wild-card selections on Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson.

Woods, who was officially divorced from Elin Nordegren the previous month, committed to instructor Sean Foley; though, he didn't qualify for the FedEx Cup finale in Atlanta.

Jim Furyk punctuated a thrilling FedEx Cup – and wrapped up P.O.Y. honors – with a $10 million-winning bunker shot on the final hole of the Tour Championship.

 


Ryder Cup

OCTOBER:

Led by captain Colin Montgomerie, Europe won back the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales, defeating the U.S., 14 1/2-13 1/2. The competition was plagued by rain, controversy
and a Monday finish, but concluded in dramatic fashion.

Jonathan Byrd made a hole-in-one on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the Justin Timberlake SHO.

Matteo Manassero, who in April became the youngest player to make the cut at the Masters, became the youngest player to win on the European Tour at 17 years, 188 days.

 



Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood

NOVEMBER:

It officially happened on Oct. 31, but Lee Westwood teed it up in November's WGC-HSBC Champions as the No. 1 player in the world, ending Tiger Woods' run of 281 consecutive weeks atop the rankings.


Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer announced that they would give up their PGA Tour memberships in 2011. Louis Oosthuizen said he would accept his Tour membership.

Robert Garrigus rebounded from a devastating defeat in May to win the PGA Tour season finale at Disney World.

 



Joseph Bramlett

DECEMBER:

Graeme McDowell put the finishing touches on a spectacular season by holing a pair of 20-foot birdie putts to win the Chevron World Challenge, and in the process deny Tiger Woods his first victory in over a year.


Maria Hjorth ended the LPGA season by winning the Tour Championship. Yani Tseng was crowned Player of the Year.

Joseph Bramlett, 22, became the first player of African-American heritage to earn his PGA Tour card since Woods, tying for 16th at Q-School.