Best Moments of 2012

1 of 13 Eric Risberg / AP
We asked the staffs of Golf Magazine, Sports Illustrated and to recall their favorite moments from the 2012 golf season. Here are their selections. Sunday at Pebble Beach on the 12th hole. Woods holed his bunker shot for birdie, and then Mickelson answered with a 30-footer to save par and keep his four-shot lead. Mickelson went on to shoot 64 and crush Woods. It was the best non-major round in 2012. - David Dusek
2 of 13 EricRisberg / AP
When Phil Mickelson dusted Tiger Woods in the final round at Pebble Beach, it felt like one of his top five career highlights even though there was no major hardware on the line. - Cameron Morfit
3 of 13 Al Tielemans / SI
Bubba Watson's amazing hook out of the trees to win the Masters defied physics and set off a string of talk show appearances. - Cameron Morfit
4 of 13 Al Tielemans / SI
If Louis Oosthuzien had not made his double-eagle on No. 2, the first in Masters history on the hole, he would never have been in that playoff with Bubba Watson. Watching his ball land, release and track across the green was incredible. I was on the first green when it happened, watching Mickelson, and the roar was thunderous and long. - David Dusek
5 of 13 John Biever / SI
Bubba's sweeping wedge shot in the Masters was unforgettable, but I'll always remember the moments before and after he made the par putt that secured the victory. The are-you-kidding-me expression when he realized he needed only two putts to win, the care he took on the lag putt, the time he took to line up the tap-in, the extended hug with his Mom, and the celebration with his peers who had come out to watch the playoff. - Mark Godich
6 of 13 Fred Vuich / SI
Tiger's flop-shot hole-out at the Memorial, which even Nicklaus called the “most unbelievable, gutsy shot” he’d ever seen. (Granted, he's biased. It's his tournament.) - Connell Barrett
7 of 13 John Biever / SI
A Thousand Yards and a Cloud of Dust: The first two days of the U.S. Open revolved around the all-star, all-smash group of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson. We're unlikely to see such a collection of star and swing power in one group at a major for a while. - David DeNunzio
8 of 13 Gene J. Puskar / AP
Journeyman Joe Daley hung on to win a senior major at the Senior Players Championship at Fox Chapel, even though he was jittery. He needed the exemption as much as he needed the money, something you don't see on the senior tour much anymore. - Gary Van Sickle
9 of 13 Thomas Lovelock / SI
Ernie Els backed into the claret jug after an epic collapse by Adam Scott. Still, it put an exclamation point on the Big Easy's Hall of Fame career. - David DeNunzio
10 of 13 Fred Vuich / SI
Pretty much every drive Rory hit from August onward, after his swing tweaks kicked in, and he switched drivers. His ballstriking was so good, he could putt poorly and still win. - Connell Barrett
11 of 13 Fred Vuich / SI
Ian Poulter's run of birdies on Saturday afternoon at Medinah was unreal. On the 18th, with Poulter facing a final putt of about 10 feet to close out the match, I turned to John Garrity and said, "The United States should tell Ian it's good and let him pick it up." Boom! In it went and Poulter celebrated again. In the words of Peter Alliss, "Remarkable." - David Dusek
12 of 13 Kohjiro Kinno / SI
Any Shot at No. 17 at Medinah: Is it me, or did this hole cement itself during the Ryder Cup as one of the greatest par 3s in the world? No doubt the players were already thinking about this tee shot -- requiring a 3-iron or hybrid over an expanse of water so wide you'd need the QE2 to cross it -- as soon as they made the turn. Every swing was dramatic enough to require a playbill. - David DeNunzio The last hour of Ryder Cup Saturday was remarkable. More specifically, who can't appreciate what transpired on the 17th hole? Dustin Johnson made a bomb, and Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Ian Poulter and Zach Johnson (shown above, after winning his Sunday singles match) all stuffed tee shots at the scenic, diabolical par-3, where fans were packed behind the green and on the hillside across the lake. - Mark Godich
13 of 13 Robert Beck / SI
It's hard to say which was better entertainment, Saturday afternoon at the Ryder Cup when the Americans were dominating but couldn't beat Luke or Poulter, or Sunday when the Americans couldn't play dead and the Euros rose again. Two great days. - Gary Van Sickle