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Tiger Woods was in contention to win three majors, including the British Open at Royal Lytham (pictured), but came up short on the weekends.

DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR
Van Sickle: Give me your nominee for Golf's Biggest Disappointment of 2012. The U.S. Ryder Cup team, after holding a 10-6 lead on Saturday night, has got to be a nominee. Hunter Mahan, who missed the Ryder Cup despite two early wins, might be a nominee, too. Who else you got?

Hanger: The U.S. Ryder Cuppers, in a landslide. Not even close. Second would be no major for Tiger despite having a generally good season.

Godich: Tiger's teasing us at Olympic. And Lytham. And Kiawah.

Morfit: Tiger. Majors. Weekends.

Herre: I hoped that Rickie Fowler would elevate his game.

Morfit: Hey, at least the guy finally won. It would have been interesting to see how he'd have done as a captain's pick.

Van Sickle: You guys are so Tiger-centric. Can't believe nobody said Bradley Dredge.

Dusek: My nomination goes to the USGA and the R&A for planning to ban anchored putting methods even though there is not a single piece of evidence that they improve performance.

Van Sickle: Thanks, Dave. Preaching to the choir here.

Bamberger: I didn't play enough. New year's resolution: more golf.

Van Sickle: Funny, I thought you played more than you should have.

Bamberger: No, but all my playing partners - here's looking at you, Gary - think that.

Walker: Adam Scott's last four holes at the British Open. It was hard to watch; I can't imagine how he felt.

Ritter: These are all great picks, but when I.K. Kim missed that 14-inch putt to win the Kraft Nabisco, it was probably the worst I felt watching a golf broadcast all year.

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HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR
Bamberger: How about a last word on Golf's Biggest Highlight of 2012? I enjoyed Ernie's Open win and Bubba's sensational Masters shot, but Phil's closing 64 at Pebble Beach to beat Tiger, and others, was right up there. Tiger's closing 62 that came up short against Rory at the Honda was pretty cool, too.

Herre: I don't think I've ever seen a shot as mind-blowing and physics-defying as Bubba Watson's wedge from the pines during the Masters playoff. How can a WEDGE shot be curved that much with the modern ball? Unbelievable.

Walker: It was a great year. All those moments were fantastic, but I'll remember the last three matches on Saturday afternoon at the Ryder Cup. It was the most competitive and exciting golf I've ever watched.

Hanger: That was definitely a highlight of the viewing season, and a comeback that will inspire the Euros for years to come. But I can't have my disappointment and highlight be the same, right? So I'll go with Rory's end-of-season run, winning the PGA in a walk and then two consecutive playoff events. Wow.

Godich: I'd go with the last 60 to 90 minutes of four-ball on Saturday afternoon at the Ryder Cup. More specifically, the way players from both sides took turns throwing darts at the pin on the par-3 17th.

Dusek: Seeing Phil Mickelson play side-by-side with Tiger Woods at Pebble beach and shoot 64 was just amazing. We knew Rory was going to have a big year, and we suspected Tiger would finally win again, so it filled me with hope for a big Phil run too. Obviously it didn't pan out, but that Sunday in Monterey was unreal.

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