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The 2015 Year-in-Golf Awards

Tour Confidential: Best Moments of 2015
GOLF's Jessica Marksbury and Jeff Ritter and Sports Illustrated's Gary Van Sickle recount their most memorable moments of the year. 

These last 12 months have filled us with awe, joy, shock and fear -- and we’re just talking about Michelle Wie’s rainbow hair. Behold our highly subjective rearview glimpse at 2015.

HOLLYWOOD ENDING AWARD
As the credits rolled at the Players, Rickie raised the trophy and kissed the girl.

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SHOT OF THE YEAR
Fresh off a double-bogey that seemed to doom his U.S. Open chances, Jordan Spieth whistled this 284-yard 3-wood approach on the 72nd hole at Chambers Bay, setting up the birdie that secured his second major.

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MOST PSYCHEDELIC ’DO
Older fans surely thought they were having an acid flashback, but this was no hallucination. Michelle Wie showed up at the Evian Championship as the girl with kaleidoscope hair.

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WORST DR. OZ IMPRESSION (PART 1)
"A bone kinda popped out...but I put it back in," Tiger said of this Augusta injury, which sounded both painful and implausible.

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THE GO-FOR-THE-'JUG'ULAR AWARD
Behind his Opie exterior, Zach is a coldhearted closer, as his birdie-birdie start in the British Open playoff proved.

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"MIND IF I PLAY THROUGH?" AWARD
The lie was friendly and so were the fans when Matt Jones veered off course at Whistling Straits. It was, after all, the hospitality tent.

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THE AVERT-YOUR-EYES AWARD
Tiger Woods’ recurring battle with the yips became so wince-inducing that even Woods himself had to look away.

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MOST ORNERY ICON
Irked at how the PGA handled the dismissal of his pal Ted Bishop, Tom Watson told the organization he didn’t want to join its Hall of Fame -- and to stop playing ball in his yard!

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BEST SHOW OF SPORTSMANSHIP
In a rivalry built on respect, not rancor, a gracious Spieth gave constant props to Jason Day, who stared him down on Sunday at the PGA Championship.

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SADDEST VICTORY MEAL
After a Champagne-soaking at the British Masters, 21-year-old winner Matthew Fitzpatrick celebrated with a meal at...Subway.

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AIN'T-THAT-A-KICK-IN-THE-HEAD AWARD
Rory McIlroy wrecked his ankle playing pickup soccer, booting his chance to defend his British Open crown.

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WORST DR. OZ IMPRESSION (PART 2)
The only thing more dizzying than Day’s bout of vertigo at the U.S. Open was Greg Norman’s muddled attempt to explain the condition -- and to pronounce "otolith."

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OLDEST DOG, NEWEST TRICK
Davis Love III, 51, became the third-oldest Tour winner ever, at the Wyndham Championship. The '16 Ryder Cup skipper will have a tough call: whether or not to pick himself for Team USA.

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INAUGURAL BRYSON DECHAMBEAU AWARD…
…goes to (drumroll) Bryson DeChambeau! This award salutes anyone with a super-cool name and homemade swing who became the fifth player to win the U.S. Amateur and NCAA individual crown in the same year.

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UGLIEST PUTT UNDER PRESSURE
Dustin Johnson’s three-jack from 12 feet cost him the U.S. Open, proving yet again that you can't spell "dejected" without a "D" and a "J."

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YOUTH-IS-SERVED AWARD
Lydia Ko, 18, won the Evian Championship, in eastern France, to become the youngest female major winner ever. She was free to celebrate in style -- France’s drinking age is 18.

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