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May 11 — Phil Mickelson becomes the first player to win back-to-back years at The Players Championship. He calls for a tour vote to make The Players a major, but the vote against is 241-2. Mickelson and Love cast the only votes in favor.

June 12 — The first round of the U.S. Open is postponed because of fog.

June 13 — Half the field doesn't start the first round of the U.S. Open, which again is delayed by fog.

June 14 — Vijay Singh is disqualified from the U.S. Open after getting stuck in traffic and missing his tee time.

June 18 — The U.S. Open concludes on Wednesday when Woods beats Steve Stricker by 15 shots in an 18-hole playoff.

July 6 — Rory Sabbatini wins the AT&T National at Congressional, then announces he is donating the $1.08 million winner's check to help build the new Tiger Woods Learning Center.

July 8 — Sabbatini is the first player tested for drugs.

July 19 — Woods is in the second-to-last group in the third round at Royal Birkdale when a vicious wind off the Irish Sea turns the British Open upside down. He birdies the last hole to break 80.

July 20 — Woods closes with 62 to win the British Open by one shot over Stricker, setting a major championship scoring record and winning from behind for the first time in a major.

Aug. 3 — Fifty columnists change travel plans from Beijing to Detroit to cover Woods' bid for the Grand Slam.

Aug. 7 — Mickelson, who already has won a career-high five times on tour, is disqualified from the PGA Championship when he shows up Thursday on the first tee of the other course at Oakland Hills.

Aug. 10 — Woods birdies the last four holes, but finishes one shot behind Stricker in the PGA Championship.

Aug. 21 — The PGA Tour Playoffs begins at The Barclays. Woods decides to take that week off.

Sept. 21 — Motivated by the Americans having four captain's picks, Europe wins the Ryder Cup, 18 1/2-9 1/2.

Sept. 28 — Woods wins the FedEx Cup in a final—round duel over Stricker. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem again reminds Woods that the cup has never been kissed. And it still isn't.

Sept. 29 — Finchem is tested for drugs.

Oct. 14 — Stricker wins the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda against three alternates when Woods declines to play.

Nov. 11 — Fred Couples is named Ryder Cup captain and announces Michael Jordan and Robin Williams as his assistants.

Nov. 30 — Having missed the last six months with a sore back, Couples recovers and wins the Skins Game.

Dec. 16 — Stricker finishes the year at No. 2 in the world and is voted comeback player of the year for the third straight time.

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