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Not Quite End of the Year Awards

The Player of the Year is on the line this week in Houston, but a number of other titles can be dispensed with right now.
Gut Check of the Year
Mike Weir flushes a must make par putt on the 72nd hole to force extra holes and eventually beats Len Mattiace to win the Masters.
Tide Turning Putt of the Year
Annika Sorenstam rips the guts out of the American side when she stuffs a 20-footer on the 17th hole of the Saturday four-ball match at The Solheim Cup in her native Sweden.
Feel Good Story of the Year
Tom Watson wins the Senior British Open and dedicates the victory to his caddie, Bruce Edwards, stricken with ALS.
Boldest Decision of the Year
With darkness descending on South Florida, Scott Hoch goes squarely against public opinion at Doral by delaying the finish until Monday morning, then validates his instinct by beating Jim Furyk in a playoff to win at age 47.
Disappointment of the Year
Phil Mickelsons a runaway winner here. He begins the year second in the world but is now all the way down to 13th. He fails to make the Tour Championship, gets blistered by Nike for suggesting that Tiger plays inferior equipment, and ridiculed by the press for his baseball tryout.
Most Alarming Disappearance of the Year
David Duval, where are you? And are you ever coming back?
Shocker of the Year
Ben Curtis wins the British Open, outplaying the games very best in the process. Ben Curtis over Tiger, Vijay, Davis and Thomas Bjorn? At a major? His first one? It happened.
Shot of the Year
Shaun Micheels 7-iron to win the PGA Championship is one of the best shots in a pressure packed moment ever.
Tournament of the Year
U.S. Womens Open, where likable long shot Hilary Lunke makes a 15-footer to turn back the spirited efforts of Angela Stanford. Every time you think the two untested competitors are going to fold, they produce amazing play.
Moment of the Year
Annika, with a big smile, feigns relief as her knees buckle after she hits her opening tee shot at Colonial.
Overlooked Achievement of the Year
Beth Daniel becomes the oldest at age 46 to ever win an LPGA Tour event.
Age-is-Just-A-Number Reminder of the Year
Peter Jacobsen at 49 and Craig Stadler at 50 win on the PGA Tour.
Saddest Episode of the Year
Jan Stephenson tarnishes her reputation with ugly remarks about Korean LPGA players.
Most Effective but Least Exciting Performance of the Year
Jim Furyk puts the field away with a tactically brilliant and dominant effort at the U.S. Open.
Non-event of the Year
Martha Burks march on Augusta fizzles badly.
Flip Flop Story of the Year
Michelle Wie, who goes from being a prodigal curiosity to, in the eyes of many in the jaded media, an over-worked and over-exposed teenage girl headed for burnout.
Toughest Break of the Year
Mark Roes scorecard mixup costs the affable Englishman a rare shot at British Open glory.
Hardest Sell of the Year
Sophie Gustafson tries to convince people that she didnt sole her putter, while boyfriend Ty Votaw, the commissioner, tries to convince people that hes impartial.
Not-So-Subtle Reminder of the Year
Tiger lets us know that he can still play this game by winning at Torrey Pines, his first tournament back after knee surgery.
Theme of the Year
This was golfs Seabiscuit season. From Hilary Lunke to Ben Curtis to Shaun Micheel to Annika winning over the doubters at Colonial, the little guy, or girl, stood tall.
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