The Year in Golf: 2008

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The Good, the Boo and the Ugly: 2008 Year in ReviewTurns out there was life after Tiger in 2008. Here's a look back at the year's winners and losers A Good Year For ... Blind faith The USGA awards the 2015 U.S. Open to Washington's much heralded yet untested Chambers Bay. Let's hope Chambers isn't the Michelle Wie of golf courses.
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A Bad Year For ... Political correctness Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman suspended for two weeks after controversial Tiger Woods "lynch" comment. Nike releases a limited-edition line of "Just Blew It" announcers' gear.
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A Good Year For ... Guinness sales The loveable Irishman Padraig Harrington wins the British Open, the PGA and the all-important title "Best Player to Win Two Majors While Tiger's Home Plotting His Merciless Return."
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A Bad Year For ... Sunday grinds Mike Davis, the USGA's renaissance setup man, energizes the U.S. Open with a 246-yard par 4 and a reachable par-5 finisher. Billy Payne, left, you taking notes?
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A Good Year For ... Long shots Rocco Mediate, the 157th-ranked player in the world, pushes Tiger to the limit at Torrey Pines. There's hope for you yet, Hiroshi Iwata! (Note: Iwata is the new 157th player in the world.)
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A Bad Year For ... Golden opportunities Mickelson wastes his homefield advantage at the U.S. Open, goes winless after Tiger's exit and gets waxed by Justin Rose at the Ryder Cup. Ladies and gents, the world's former No. 2!
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A Bad Year For ... Suspense The FedEx Cup finale becomes moot when Singh seals the deal after three events. Yogi was wrong. It's over before it's over.
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A Good Year For ... Strategizing Paul Azinger's carefully measured tactics resuscitate Team USA. Has anyone consulted Zinger about the economy?
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A Bad Year For ... Tact LPGA commish Carolyn Bivens formulates a plan to force English proficiency on her players, drawing the ire of civil rights groups and Boo Weekley.
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A Good Year For ... Pipe dreams Python-armed Camilo Villegas bags two FedEx Cup events as every woman in attendance fantasizes about bagging him.
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A Bad Year For ... TV ratings After the Battle at Wounded Knee, Woods takes off the back half of '08. Golf without Tiger? Think Baywatch without Pam.
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A Good Year For ... Obscurity First Zach. Now Trevor. Who's our next Masters champion, Carrot Top?
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A Bad Year For ... Youthful indiscretion Eschewing partying for practicing, 23-year-old Anthony Kim wins twice and becomes a Ryder Cup hero. We'll drink to that, A.K. — even if you won't!
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A Good Year For ... Squealing teens OMG!!! Pop star Justin Timberlake's Tour event attracts a new, younger breed of fans. Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul call the action at 18.
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A Bad Year For ... Letting the big dog eat Phil Mickelson plays the first two rounds of the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, the longest-ever major venue, without a driver. Also missing that week: Phil's sanity.
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A Good Year For ... Finishing kicks Vijay Singh catches fire at season's end to win the FedEx Cup and $10 million. Veej rejoices by whacking 10 million range balls.
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A Bad Year For ... Backspin The USGA places new restrictions, beginning in 2010, on the sharpness of club grooves. Poor Bubba Watson. His 30-yard approach shots just got that much harder.
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A Good Year For ...Keeping it clean PGA Tour enacts random drug testing. Jose Canseco announces he will forgo his dream of playing the Champions Tour.
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A Good Year For ... Perseverance Tiger Woods wins the U.S. Open on a broken leg. That's like winning the Daytona 500 with a flat tire. Or the Boston Marathon with a spare tire.
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A Bad Year For ...Cash flow Tough year for PGA Tour partners Merrill Lynch and Wachovia (pictured). No wonder the Masters doesn't rely on sponsors.
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A Good Year For ...Flip-flopping Hunter Mahan tells this magazine that "the Ryder Cup just isn't fun. The fun is sucked right of it." His paraphrased reaction after actually playing in the Ryder Cup: "@#%$!, that was fun!"
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A Bad Year For ... Charity projects Butch Harmon dumps John Daly, saying he's fed up with Daly's antics. A week later 18-handicapper Frank Schlotsky cuts Harmon loose when Mrs. Schlotsky hears what Frank paid for a lesson.
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A Good Year For ... False hope Sergio Garcia sinks a highpressure putt on the 72nd hole of the Players Championship — "the fifth major" — before winning in a playoff. Wake us when he does that in a real major.
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A Bad Year For ... British wit European Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo inadvertently reveals his Friday pairings on Thursday, benches Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia on Saturday and renders his hottest players useless on Sunday by backloading his singles lineup. One word: Crumbs!
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A Good Year For ... Flashbacks Greg Norman takes the 54-hole lead at the British Open before shooting his age with a final-round 77.
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A Bad Year For ... Sure things European studs Harrington, Garcia and Westwood, left, go winless at the Ryder Cup. More shocking, a gracious-in-defeat Garcia goes whine-less.
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A Good Year For ... Denim Kentucky natives Kenny Perry and J.B. Holmes combine for five points in a stirring Team USA win in Louisville. Still, Kenny Perry Sr. and his endearing overalls steal the show.
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A Bad Year For ... Idle time John Daly spends a PODS Championship rain delay in the Hooters tent. What's the big deal? He was just breast...ahem, resting.
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A Good Year For ... Word play Boo-mania boombards Boouisville as Boo plays booeautifully; media expires every conceivable Boo pun. • Return to 2008 Year-in-Review Homepage • See the Results: The 2008 Survey