The 2015 Year-in-Golf Awards

Wednesday December 23rd, 2015
3:39 | Tour & News
Tour Confidential: Best Moments of 2015

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.

Icon Sportswire/David Rosenblum

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.

Getty Images/Ross Kinnaird

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.

Getty Images/Stuart Franklin

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.

Getty Images/David Cannon

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.

AP/Jon Super

"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.

Sports Illustrated/Robert Beck

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

USA Today Sports/Mark J. Rebilas

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!

Getty Images/Harry Engels

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.

Getty Images/Jamie Squire

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

Action Images via Zuma/Alex Morton

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.

Instagram/Rory McIlroy

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."

Getty Images/Harry How

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.

Getty Images/Kevin C. Cook

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.

USGA/Chris Keane

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."

Getty Images/Mike Ehrmann

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.

Getty Images/Michael Dodge

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