Photos of the Year Part I - COPIED

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 21, 2010, 8:13 am


Keith Horne

YOU CAN'T SEE ME:  Keith Horne plays a punch-out from the bushes Friday at the Joburg Open in January. (Getty Images)


Chris Swanepoel

DON'T GIVE ME ANY LIP: Chris Swanepoel catches a bunker lip on his approach shot during Friday's round at the Joburg Open in January. (Getty Images)


Sergio Garcia

WHO'S GONNA RIDE YOUR WILD HORSES?: Sergio Garcia of Spain hits his tee-shot on the seventh hole during the the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in January. (Getty Images)


Ben and Cassidy Crane

DADDY-DAUGHTER TIME: Ben Crane tosses daughter Cassidy into the air after winning the Farmers Insurance Open in January. (Getty Images)


Tom and Hilary Watson

REMAKING 'ISHTAR': Tom and Hilary Watson tour the desert the old fashion way at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February. (Getty Images)


Henrik Stenson

NIGHT PUTTING: Henrik Stenson competes in a night-time par-3 challenge Tuesday at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February. (Getty Images)


Pebble Beach holes 6, 7 and 8

HEAVENLY VIEW: 
An aerial shot of the sixth, seventh and eighth holes at Pebble Beach Golf Links in February. (Getty Images)


Ryo Ishikawa

OVER THE RAINBOW: Ryo Ishikawa prior to the start of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February. (Getty Images)


Alex Cejka

DEEP THOUGHTS: Alex Cejka off the eighth hole at Pebble Beach Saturday in February. (Getty Images)


Suzann Pettersen

ONE LADY'S PAIN...:
Suzann Pettersen of Norway during the final round of the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club in Chon Buri, Thailand. (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)


Steve Stricker

THE LOOK OF (NO.) ONE AND DONE: No. 1 seed Steve Stricker reacts after losing his Round 1 match at the Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Marana, Arizona. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)


Tiger Woods

WORLDWIDE WONDER: 
People watch television monitors at an ESPN restaurant in Times Square in New York City as Tiger Woods makes his first public statement from PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


HSBC Women

CUE ZZ TOP SONG...: Cristie Kerr, Michelle Wie, Morgan Pressel and Natalie Gulbis pose for a photograph during the Welcome Reception prior to the start of the HSBC Women's Champions at the Tanah Merah Country Club in Singapore. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

ANZ Ladies Masters

TIME TO REFLECT: Florentyna Parker of England is seen reflected in a flooded bunker as she chips onto the second green during Round 3 of the 2010 ANZ Ladies Masters at Royal Pines Resort in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)


Joost Luiten

WHERE ARE THOSE DAMN CAR KEYS?: Joost Luiten of the Netherlands looks for a ball in his golf bag  during the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country on March 4, 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)


Giulia Sergas

GETTING INTO THE WHOLE 'DOWN UNDER' THING: Giulia Sergas of Italy stands on her hands to ease a back problem on the fourth hole during Round 2 of the Women's Australian Open at The Commonwealth Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

Manuel De Los Santos

CAN YOU IMAGINE?: Manuel De Los Santos of the Dominican Republic hits a shot during the first round of the Trophee Hassan II. (Getty Images)


Morgan Pressel

THAT IS SUCH A STRETCH: Morgan Pressel poses prior to the Kia Classic. (Getty Images)


Phil Mickelson

THINK HE CAN SEE ME?: A volunteer watches Phil Mickelson during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Getty Images)


Phil and Amy Mickelson FAMILY AFFAIR: Phil Mickelson gives wife Amy a kiss after winning his third Masters Tournament. (Getty Images)
Masters Tournament CROWDED HOUSE: Over 200 media members gather for Tiger Woods' Monday press conference. (Getty Images)


Zurich Classic 

YOU'VE BEEN WARNED...: An alligator lurks ominously behind the 17th green during the third round of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (Getty Images)
Miguel Angel Jimenez LIFE IMITATING ART: Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain tees off in front of a picture of himself on the 15th tee during the first round of the Open de Espana at the Real Club de Golf de Seville in Seville, Spain. (Getty Images)

Marcel Siem 

GOLF BALL POINT OF VIEW: Marcel Siem of Germany poses for a portrait prior to the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth on May 18, 2010 in Virginia Water, England. (Getty Images)
Rory McElroy

EMERGENCY ROOM VISIT?: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland bends his sand wedge after failing to hit out of a greenside bunker on the 10th hole during the first round of the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth on May 20, 2010 in Virginia Water, England. (Getty Images)
Natalie Gulbis

IS THAT A 3-WOOD?: Natalie Gulbis follows through on a tee shot during the first round of the LPGA State Farm Classic at Panther Creek Country Club on June 10, 2010 in Springfield, Illinois. (Getty Images)

Graeme McDowell

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with his caddie Ken Comboy after making par on the 18th hole to win the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California. (Getty Images)

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Berger more than ready to rebound at Travelers

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:54 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Daniel Berger hopes that this year he gets to be on the other end of a viral moment at the Travelers Championship.

Berger was a hard-luck runner-up last year at TPC River Highlands, a spectator as Jordan Spieth holed a bunker shot to defeat him in a playoff. It was the second straight year that the 25-year-old came up just short outside Hartford, as he carried a three-shot lead into the 2016 event before fading to a tie for fifth.

While he wasn’t lacking any motivation after last year’s close call, Berger got another dose last week at the U.S. Open when he joined Tony Finau as a surprise participant in the final group Sunday, only to shoot a 73 and drift to a T-6 finish.


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“It was one of the best experiences of my professional golf career so far. I feel like I’m going to be in such a better place next time I’m in that position, having felt those emotions and kind of gone through it,” Berger said. “There was a lot of reflection after that because I felt like I played good enough to get it done Sunday. I didn’t make as many putts as I wanted to, but I hit a lot of really good putts. And that’s really all you can do.”

Berger missed the cut earlier this month to end his quest for three straight titles in Memphis, but his otherwise consistent season has now included six top-20 finishes since January. After working his way into contention last week and still with a score to settle at TPC River Highlands, he’s eager to get back to work against another star-studded field.

“I think all these experiences you just learn from,” Berger said. “I think last week, having learned from that, I think that’s even going to make me a little better this week. So I’m excited to get going.”

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Rory tired of the near-misses, determined to close

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:46 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy has returned to the Travelers Championship with an eye on bumping up his winning percentage.

McIlroy stormed from the back of the pack to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, but that remains his lone worldwide win since the 2016 Tour Championship. It speaks to McIlroy’s considerable ability and lofty expectations that, even with a number of other high finishes this season, he is left unsatisfied.

“I feel like I’ve had five realistic chances to win this year, and I’ve been able to close out one of them. That’s a bit disappointing, I guess,” McIlroy said. “But at least I’ve given myself five chances to win golf tournaments, which is much more than I did last year.”


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The most memorable of McIlroy’s near-misses is likely the Masters, when he played alongside Patrick Reed in Sunday’s final group but struggled en route to a T-5 finish. But more frustrating in the Ulsterman’s eyes were his runner-up at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, when he led by two shots with eight holes to go, and a second-place showing behind Francesco Molinari at the BMW PGA Championship in May.

“There’s been some good golf in there,” he said. “I feel like I let Dubai and Wentworth get away a little bit.”

He’ll have a chance to rectify that trend this week at TPC River Highlands, where he finished T-17 last year in his tournament debut and liked the course and the tournament enough to keep it on his schedule. It comes on the heels of a missed cut at the U.S. Open, when he was 10 over through 11 holes and never got on track. McIlroy views that result as more of an aberration during a season in which he has had plenty of chances to contend on the weekend.

“I didn’t necessarily play that badly last week. I feel like if I play similarly this week, I might have a good chance to win,” McIlroy said. “I think when you play in conditions like that, it magnifies parts of your game that maybe don’t stack up quite as good as the rest of your game, and it magnified a couple of things for me that I worked on over the weekend.”

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Sunday run at Shinnecock gave Reed even more confidence

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:08 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – While many big names are just coming around to the notion that the Travelers Championship is worth adding to the schedule, Patrick Reed has been making TPC River Highlands one of his favorite haunts for years.

Reed will make his seventh straight appearance outside Hartford, where he tied for fifth last year and was T-11 the year before that. He is eager to get back to the grind after a stressful week at the U.S. Open, both because of his past success here and because it will offer him a chance to build on a near-miss at Shinnecock Hills.

Reed started the final round three shots off the lead, but he quickly stormed toward the top of the leaderboard and became one of Brooks Koepka’s chief threats after birdies on five of his first seven holes. Reed couldn’t maintain the momentum in the middle of the round, carding three subsequent bogeys, and ultimately tied for fourth.


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It was a bittersweet result, but Reed is focusing on the positives after taking a couple days to reflect.

“If you would have told me that I had a chance to win coming down Sunday, I would have been pleased,” Reed said. “I felt like I just made too many careless mistakes towards the end, and because of that, you’re not going to win at any major making careless mistakes, especially on Sunday.”

Reed broke through for his first major title at the Masters, and he has now finished fourth or better in three straight majors dating back to a runner-up at the PGA last summer. With another chance to add to that record next month in Scotland, he hopes to carry the energy from last week’s close call into this week’s event on a course where he feels right at home.

“It just gives me confidence, more than anything,” Reed said. “Of course I would have loved to have closed it out and win, but it was a great week all in all, and there’s a lot of stuff I can take from it moving forward. That’s how I’m looking at it.”

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Koepka back to work, looking to add to trophy collection

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 8:53 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Days after ensuring the U.S. Open trophy remained in his possession for another year, Brooks Koepka went back to work.

Koepka flew home to Florida after successfully defending his title at Shinnecock Hills, celebrating the victory Monday night with Dustin Johnson, Paulina Gretzky, swing coach Claude Harmon III and a handful of close friends. But he didn’t fully unwind because of a decision to honor his commitment to the Travelers Championship, becoming the first player to tee it up the week after a U.S. Open win since Justin Rose in 2013.

Koepka withdrew from the Travelers pro-am, but he flew north to Connecticut on Wednesday and arrived to TPC River Highlands around 3 p.m., quickly heading to the driving range to get in a light practice session.

“It still hasn’t sunk in, to be honest with you,” Koepka said. “I’m still focused on this week. It was just like, ‘All right, if I can get through this week, then I’m going to be hanging with my buddies next week.’ I know then maybe it’ll sink in, and I’ll get to reflect on it a little bit more.”


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Koepka’s plans next week with friends in Boston meant this week’s event outside Hartford made logistical sense. But he was also motivated to play this week because, plainly, he hasn’t had that many playing opportunities this year after missing nearly four months with a wrist injury.

“I’ve had so many months at home being on the couch. I don’t need to spend any more time on the couch,” Koepka said. “As far as skipping, it never crossed my mind.”

Koepka’s legacy was undoubtedly bolstered by his win at Shinnecock, as he became the first player in nearly 30 years to successfully defend a U.S. Open title. But he has only one other PGA Tour win to his credit, that being the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open, and his goal for the rest of the season is to make 2018 his first year with multiple trophies on the mantle.

“If you’re out here for more than probably 15 events, it gives you a little better chance to win a couple times. Being on the sidelines isn’t fun,” Koepka said. “Keep doing what we’re doing and just try to win multiple times every year. I feel like I have the talent. I just never did it for whatever reason. Always felt like we ran into a buzzsaw. So just keep plugging away.”