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Rory McIlroy vs. Lee Westwood
Shortly after the Masters, where McIlroy collapsed in the final round, Westwood said that McIlroy "does have a pull hook in his bag” under pressure." Later in the year, after McIlroy split with agent Chubby Chandler, Westwood, a fellow Chandler client, tweeted that it was a "bizarre decision." McIlroy un-followed both Westwood and Chandler on Twitter.
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Robert Allenby vs. Geoff Ogilvy
According to multiple reports, Allenby and Ogilvy exchanged heated words at an Australian PGA after-party in November. Allenby offered to settle the dispute physically, but Ogilvy declined.
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Steve Williams vs. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods fired longtime caddie Steve Williams in the summer. After Williams's first victory on Adam Scott's bag, the caddie called the win the most gratifying of his career. At an October caddie awards roast in Shanghai, Williams accepted an award for "celebration of the year," and told the crowd: “"It was my aim to shove it right up that black a------."
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Sean O'Hair vs. Rory Sabbatini
Sabbatini reportedly instigated a profanity-laced argument with O'Hair during a round at the Zurich Classic. Sabbatini later withdrew from the Memorial, fueling speculation that he had been suspended by the Tour. The Tour never publicly released details of a punishment for either player.
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Bubba Watson vs. the French
After missing the cut at the French Open, Watson blamed fan behavior and event security, saying, "It's not a normal tournament. There's cameras, there's phones, there's everything. There's no security. I don't know which holes to walk through. There's no ropes."
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Christina Kim vs. Bubba Watson
Shortly after Watson's comments in France, Christina Kim took to Twitter to scold the PGA Tour pro, calling him “disingenuous” and adding: "I don't claim to be a redneck, then go buy a pink Ferrari and floor seats to the Suns in my true religion jeans and Louis Vuitton wallet."
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Rory McIlroy vs. Golf announcer Jay Townsend
During the Irish Open in July, the analyst used Twitter to criticize McIlroy's course management during the event. McIlroy shot back: "Shut up...you're a commentator and a failed golfer. Your opinion means nothing."
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Paul Azinger vs. Barack Obama
Azinger is one of the most entertaining tweeters in golf, but he was rebuked by ESPN, where he works as an analyst during telecasts, for repeated shots at President Obama. In one post the golfer claimed to have created more jobs than the President.
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John Daly vs. Australia
In the opening round of the Australian Open, John Daly hit seven balls into a pond on the 11th hole and walked off the course (pictured here). Tournament organizers ripped Daly, fueling speculation that the golfer would never again be given a sponsor's exemption to an event Down Under.
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Purists vs. the New Age
The establishment hates long putters. The new age embraces them. While many pros, including Tom Watson, have said the belly putter should be banned from competition, Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley had breakout seasons while wielding a long stick.
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Kohjiro Kinno, Fred Vuich / SI
Phil Mickelson vs. Rees Jones
Leading up to the PGA Championship, Mickelson said of the architect who redesigned Atlanta Athletic Club: "Modern architecture, there are some great ones, but the guy that redid this one — you know, it's great for the championship, but it's not great for the membership."