THE WORLD RANKINGS
Tiger is the top-ranked player on the planet. But Phil Mickelson, not Rory McIroy, is number two. And holding strong in third place: David Duval. By 2013, he’ll drop to 1,460th in the world.
This galley was inspired by Bryan Armen Graham's 17 Things That Happened Since Tiger Woods Was Last No. 1 in SI's Extra Mustard Blog.
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VIJAY IS THE BRIDESMAID
Nobody remembers the runner-up. But second place at Sawgrass in 2001 goes to Vijay Singh, who plays with the aid of a new piece of equipment (“the belly-button putter” is what he calls it) but without the help of deer antler spray.
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THE TIGER SLAM
On the heels of his first and only win at Sawgrass, Woods goes on to triumph at Augusta, becoming the first player since Bobby Jones to hold all four major titles simultaneously. The phrase “Tiger Slam” enters the golf lexicon.
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GOLF HEROES, BUT NO IDOLS
A pair of Simons (Fuller and Cowell) fail in their attempt to sell their reality TV concept, Pop Idol, to U.S. networks. Another year will pass before Rupert Murdoch nibbles, and Fox broadcasts the pilot of the renamed show: American Idol: The Search for a Superstar.
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HOW DO YOU SAY “FORE RIGHT” IN RUSSIAN?
Like an errant shot at the 17th at Sawgrass, the Russian space station Mir splash-lands in the South Pacific, near Fiji.
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59 FOR SORENSTAM
Annika Sorenstam, golf’s alpha female, fires a second-round 59 at the LPGA’s Standard Register Ping championship, the first LPGA player to card a sub-60 round in competition.
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WORLD’S LONGEST PUTT
On the par-three 6th hole at the Eden Course in St. Andrews, 66-year-old Fergus Muir opts to play his tee shot with a hickory-shafted putter, the better to keep his ball below a whipping wind. His 125-yard “putt” finds the cup for an ace, then finds its way into the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest putt ever made.
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A GOOD (QUIDDITCH) STICK
American movie-goers flock to a film about an up-from-nothing-Brit with compelling powers. No, not The Ian Poulter Story. It’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
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A SOLID PERFORMER
So long wound balls. The newly introduced Titleist ProV1 becomes the first solid-core ball to dominate its corner of the market. By the end of the 2001 season, it is already the most widely played golf ball on the PGA Tour.
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A country kid from the Florida Panhandle survives the final stage of Q-School. Despite his fondness for camouflage, Boo Weekley goes on to become a visible presence on the PGA Tour
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THE GOLDEN GOOSE
Retief Goosen spoils Tiger’s bid for a fifth consecutive major by winning the 2001 U.S. Open at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tiger ties for 12th, eight shots back.
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DIAMONDBACKS ARE FOREVER
With a walk-off, bases-loaded bloop single off Yankee closer Mariano Rivera, Luis Gonzalez seals a win for the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series.
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A FATEFUL PAIRING
At the 2001 Open Championship at Royal Lytham, Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik introduces his nanny to the world’s number-one player. Tiger Woods, meet Elin Nordegren.