Hooks Cuts - The Best of 06

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Looking back on the 2006 season, here are my awards and my award winnners:
 
Breakthrough Player of the Year -- Geoff Ogilvy
 
Breakthrough Player II -- Lorena Ochoa
 
Comeback Player of the Year -- Karrie Webb
 
Comeback Player II -- Se Ri Pak
 
Most Significant Story -- The passing of Earl Woods
 
Most Impressive Tee-to-Green Performance -- Tiger Woods at the British Open
 
Most Inexplicable Meltdown -- Phil Mickelson at the U.S. Open
 
Inexplicable Meltdown II -- Colin Montgomerie at the U.S. Open
 
Favorite Leaderboard Mystery Guest -- Kenneth Ferrie at the U.S. Open
 
Low Point of the Year -- TOUR Championship without Tiger and Phil
 
Low Point of the Year II -- U.S. blowout loss at the Ryder Cup
 
Sentimental Moment of the Year -- Darren Clarke holing out at the Ryder Cup
 
Snapshot Picture of the Year -- Tiger in tears after winning the British, embraced by Stevie
 
Snapshot Picture of the Year II -- Camilo Villegas in his Spider-Man crouch
 
Snapshot Picture of the Year III -- Michelle Wie on a stretcher at the John Deere
 
Most Bizarre Scene -- Tigers roof ball at Firestone
 
Eye Popping Tournament by Someone Not Named Tiger -- J.B. Holmes in Phoenix
 
Eye Popping Tournament by Someone Not Named Tiger II -- Phil by 13 at the BellSouth Classic
 
Eye popping Tournament by Someone Not Named Tiger III -- Stephen Ames at The Players Championship
 
Eye Popping Tournament by Someone Not Named Tiger IV -- Corey Pavin in Milwaukee
 
Best In-Your-Face Effort -- Ben Curtis winning not once but twice
 
Most Surprising Non-Winner -- Sergio Garcia
 
Most Surprising Non-Winner II -- Retief Goosen
 
Most Surprising Non-Winner III -- Ernie Els
 
Most Exciting Finish -- Webb holes out for eagle at Kraft Nabisco
 
Most Exciting Non-Major Finish -- Chris Couch's cross-handed chip-in to win in New Orleans
 
Most Excruciating Miss -- Greg Owen from 40 inches for par at 17 at Bay Hill
 
Excruciating Miss II -- Greg Owen from 24 inches for bogey at 17 at Bay Hill
 
Excruciating Miss III -- Loren Roberts from 4 8' for a million in Sonoma
 
Puzzling Fall -- Justin Leonard, 109th on the money list in 26 starts
 
Puzzling Fall II -- John Daly, 193rd on the money list in 21 starts
 
Puzzling Fall III -- Craig Perks, 254th on the money list in 18 starts
 
Shot of the Year -- Tigers long-iron hole-out at 14 at Royal Liverpool
 
Shot of the Year II -- Paul Caseys Ryder Cup ace
 
Clutch Putt of the Year -- Geoff Ogilvys par-save on the 72nd hole at the U.S. Open
 
Player of the Year -- Tiger Woods
 
Player of the Year II -- Karrie Webb
 
Player of the Year III -- Lorena Ochoa
 
Feel free to e-mail me with your best and worst, your freakiest and favorite moments of 2006. Have a peaceful Thanksgiving. Ill be enjoying with family, missing the laughs and wisdom from Great Grandmom Ethel, the broccoli casserole and encouragement from Aunt Marcia, now sitting round the great turkey day table in the sky.
 
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