Brandel Chamblee Golf Awards 2013

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MOST SELFLESS PUBLIC SERVICE Before the WGC-Cadillac, Steve Stricker gave Tiger a putting lesson. Woods proceeded to make everything he looked at and win by two over...Coach Stricker.
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WORST DENTAL PLAN I'm giving Rory McIlroy a pass, but it is curious that the "toothache" that forced him from the Honda Classic came when he was 7-over and had just dunked one. (Hey, golf can make even the best players reach for the laughing gas.)
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PUTT OF THE YEAR Adam Scott's 12-footer on the second playoff hole to defeat Angel Cabrera and win the Masters. No Aussie had ever won at Augusta, and the 10th hole, the site of the winning putt, had been notoriously unkind to Adam's countryman Greg Norman.
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MOST BITTERSWEET VICTORY Speaking of Adam Scott, a doff of the visor goes to the anchored putter for bagging yet another major. But gather ye rosebuds, Stretch. You're a dead-club swinging, banned from the PGA Tour and USGA events starting in 2016.
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BEST BIRDIE CELEBRATION James Hahn's rendition of the "Gangnam Style" gallop on the 16th green of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. Perfect hijinks for the craziest hole on Tour. (I'll give it a go at the next wedding reception I attend -- it looks like more fun than the Chicken Dance.)
6 of 27 Westwood: Bill Frakes/Sports Illustrated; Garcia: Fred Vuich/Sports Illustrated
MOST IMPROVED SHORT GAME We have co-winners -- Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia. In 2012, Westwood was at the bottom in scrambling; this year he soared to 21st. And Garcia, who never used to smile with a putter in his hand, now has plenty to grin about after he finished eighth on Tour in Strokes Gained-Putting. (Can a major win be next for El Niño?) Take a bow, claw grip.
7 of 27 Fred Vuich/Sports Illustrated
MOST IMPROVED LONG GAME Move over, Ikea. After he rebuilt his swing (with more than a few twists of an Allen wrench), fellow Swedish export Henrik Stenson hit 70 percent of his fairways in 2013 on his way to winning the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai.
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BEST BEN HOGAN IMITATION To Jason Dufner, who did many Hogan-like things in 2013: waggling, splitting fairways, rattling pins and, of course, winning a major -- the PGA, his first. Also like the Hawk, Dufner looked lifeless -- until he celebrated at Oak Hill by patting his wife, Amanda, on the derriere.
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BEST DUFNERING Back-to-back statues for the Duf! Rory, Keegan Bradley, Charlie Rose -- everyone short of Queen Elizabeth imitated his limp-armed, expressionless slouch. Still, no one matched the man himself.
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BEST FEUD To Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, who exchanged insults when paired on Saturday during the Players Championship. Tiger played out of his mind to win and surely enjoyed it when Garcia rinsed two balls on the 17th hole on Sunday. Playing well, it turns out, is the best revenge.
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BEST TOM WATSON IMPRESSION Who was that linksman cannily managing his way around Muirfield for 70 holes? Phil Mickelson somehow reined in his let-'er-rip mentality and channeled the cagey, conservative Watson, putting himself in position to win the Claret Jug late that Sunday.
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BEST PHIL MICKELSON IMPRESSION Then the adrenaline-loving Phil ushered Sir Philip aside and reclaimed center stage. Lefty courted disaster, but he pulled off some high-risk shots -- like his bunker-flirting approach on No. 18 -- to finish birdie-birdie and secure his fifth major win.
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SHOT OF THE YEAR Behold Phil's bold 3-wood from forever on the par-5 17th hole at Muirfield. It cleaved the wind, carried the cross bunkers, and bounded onto the green, setting up a two-putt birdie that all but clinched the title. It was more than a cracking good whack; it was a dashing cherry-on-top in the wake of the patience Phil displayed leading up to it.
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MOST SENSATIONAL ROOKIE SENSATION At the tender age of 19, Jordan Spieth became the first teen to win on Tour in 82 years. He holed out a bunker shot on the 72nd hole of the John Deere, then prevailed in a three-man playoff. Spieth, who had no status on Tour at the start of the year, finished 10th on the money list with $3.88 million. Someone pop some, apple cider!
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MOST HEAD-SCRATCHING DISAPPEARING ACT A four-way tie. Rory, Keegan, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson disappeared faster than Nick Faldo when the waiter brings the check. (I kid, Nick!) Hey, guys -- golf called. It wants its Future of the Game back.
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BEST DISAPPEARING ACT, DADDY DIVISION Hunter Mahan made himself vanish before the third round of the Canadian Open when he got word on the range that his wife had gone into labor. He gets extra Pop points because he was leading the tournament.
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BEST RETORT TO A BULLY Before the U.S. Open, many predicted that the pros would dismantle Merion Golf Club. The short, Hugh Wilson classic that's cozied into 111 acres near Philadelphia flat-out stole the lunch money from the game's big-hitting bullies. Nobody broke par. Justin Rose took home the trophy, but Merion "won" this major.
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BEST "BREAKING BAD" KNOCKOFF As in, "That was a bad break!" After Tiger Woods's second-round approach into the 15th green at Augusta rattled the flagstick and caromed into the water, Woods still got up and down for bogey. Alas, if his initial shot had landed an inch left or right, he would likely have been looking at less than eight feet for birdie. But the worst was yet to come.
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WORST DISPLAY OF CANDOR During a post-round TV interview following his second round at the Masters, Woods said that he deliberately dropped a couple of yards behind the spot from where he launched the pin-striker. Doesn't this suggest that he didn't know this was against the rules? A two-shot penalty turned his hard-luck bogey into a triple. In mere minutes, a might-have-been birdie became a snowman. That's a four-shot swing, and Tiger would finish four shots out of the playoff between Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera.
20 of 27 Fred Vuich/Sports Illustrated
BEST JEKYLL AND HYDE IMITATION Tiger again. At times, in regular Tour events, Woods played like the titan we used to know. He won five times, often in the dominating fashion of Tiger of Old. But on weekends in the majors? Nary a glimmer of the glory days.
21 of 27 Weekley: Scott Halleran/Getty Images; Austin: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
BEST COMEBACK WIN They're definitely not booing. Fan-favorite Boo Weekley won for the first time in five years, at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and Woody Austin ended a six-year drought, hoisting the Sanderson Farms Championship trophy in Madison, Miss.
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BEST PHOTO FINISH With rain falling on Augusta in the gloaming, Adam Scott's green-jacket-clad celebration was the year's most atmospheric (and photo-friendly) moment.
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BEST CANDIDATE FOR THE NEXT SEASON OF "SURVIVOR" Journeyman Ken Duke, 43, raised his first hunk of Tour hardware at the Travelers in his 187th PGA Tour start -- and after having lost his Tour card for two years.
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MOST AWKWARD CURTAIN CALL The USGA wins the gleaming statue for ending its long relationship with NBC/Golf Channel. Fox will now broadcast the U.S. Open, as well as the USGA's marquee amateur events, beginning in 2015. Sure, the announcement could have been timed better -- why the week of the PGA, detracting from that event? -- but divorces are rarely easy.
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BEST COSTUME, UM, DESIGN? When Jonas Blixt was paired with Rickie Fowler for the final round of the Barclays, he showed up cloned, head-to-toe, in Fowler neon-orange -- right down to the white belt and the flat-brim Puma hat. The fans were charmed, but the golf gods weren't. Blixt shot 81.
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BEST MADE "CUT" Charley Hoffman, your haircut is the runaway winner. The stringy mullet will not be missed.
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MY PLAYER OF THE YEAR As you know, Golf Magazine's Player of the Year is a certain left-hander. But me? Well, I was leaning toward Tiger. As he showed again this year, nobody can beat Woods when he's even close to healthy; his seven-stroke beatdown of the field at Bridgestone reminded us of that. And he's firmly back atop the world rankings. But Woods is about the majors. If, as Tiger himself has suggested, one major win a great year makes, then what does three major wins in a year mean? It means nobody came close to Inbee Park in 2013. You go, girl...err, I mean, woman!