The Inaugural Chamblee Awards: Praise for Tiger, shame for Stevie, and both for Phil

Adam Scott
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Chamblee named Adam Scott's stroke as the best swing on Tour.

SWING I'D MOST LIKE TO STEAL
I'll take Adam Scott's. Tiger Woods's swing from 2000 is the best of the last 25 years, but Scott's swing today is a solid second. I love the perfect position he gets his hands in at the top of the backswing. If Scott had Tiger's brain -- and that bloodless desire to win -- he'd have a handful of majors by now.

HEAD-SCRATCHINGEST DEVELOPMENT MY TINY BRAIN CAN'T FULLY COMPREHEND
I almost gave this to the discovery of the "Higgs boson," but let's go with Vijay Singh making his way atop PGA Tour leaderboards, at almost 50. Co-honorable mentions go to Fred Couples and Hank Kuehne, who enjoyed a return to pain-free golf after visiting Düsseldorf-based doctor Peter Wehling, a specialist in something called "Orthokine."

BEST SPORTS-SHRINK-DEFYING MOMENT
Kevin Na's pre-shot routine on the sixth tee in the third round of the Players Championship had more false starts than a pee-wee league football game.

BEST HEAD OF HAIR
Robert Rock's decision not to wear a hat probably costs him $200,000 per year, but with that mane, can you blame him? No wonder the golf groupies love him. He's got great hair, and his name is Robert Rock. He shouldn't be on Tour. He should be starring in an awesomely cheesy cop show called Rock Solid. I can see him sliding over the hood of his red Mustang Mach 1, playing golf by day, fighting crime by night.

BEST HEAD OF HAIR (BROADCAST DIVISION)
Me! And, yes, I use sculpting gel. There, I said it.

SURPRISE OF THE YEAR
Nostradamus himself couldn't have predicted Lydia Ko making history and winning an LPGA event at age 15.

OTHER SURPRISE OF THE YEAR
Europe clawing out of a four-point Sunday hole to edge the U.S. at the Ryder Cup. Kudos to Ollie, Luke, Rory and Europe's two most intimidating assets: Ian Poulter's eyeballs.

BIGGEST CADDIE BLUNDER
When Stevie Williams let Adam Scott rip 3-wood on the 72nd hole of the British Open, all the bunkers that Scott had avoided by hitting iron in the first three rounds came into play. We know what happened next. I wonder if that was Stevie's worst loss ever.

50-TWEETS-OF-GRAY AWARD
Hey, we all tell the golf gods to "G.F.Y." now and then, but after Kris Blanks missed the cut at the Greenbrier, he not only chided the deities with that abbreviation on his Twitter feed; he told them (and us) what other "game" he and his wife would play that weekend. That would be T.M.I., Kris.

TWEET LEAST WORTH "CROWING" ABOUT
After struggling at the Deutsche Bank, Luke Donald fired off an undiplomatic tweet directed at TPC Boston designer Gil Hanse. Am I sure Luke deserves this award? Yes, I'm cocksure.

BEST IMPRESSION OF ARNIE IN HIS PRIME
This one goes to Rory McIlroy, but not because he plays like the King. When Palmer was the best in the game (and even when he wasn't), he carried himself with class, humility, good humor, and grace with the press. Rory, as world No. 1, does the same. You just like the kid. Congratulations, Rory, on a great year. And thanks for being a great champion.


 

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