Sports Illustrated Golf Photos of the Year

1 of 19 John Biever/SI
Phil Mickelson's title defense at the Masters got off to a rocky start when he found trouble at the par-5 13th.
2 of 19 Robert Beck/SI
Rory McIlroy started the final round at the Masters with a four-shot lead, but he got off to a shaky start, including hitting the lip of a fairway bunker on No. 2.
3 of 19 Robert Beck/SI
Rory McIlroy's chance at a green jacket was all but over after snap-hooking a drive near the cabins along the 10th fairway. He made a triple bogey to lose the lead for good.
4 of 19 Robert Beck/SI
Photographer Robert Beck captured this unique image of Luke Donald at the Players Championship by modifying the sensor of a Nikon D300 to record infrared light we cannot normally see.
5 of 19 Robert Beck/SI
Jonathan Byrd found some trouble on his third shot at the 14th hole during the Players Championship.
6 of 19 Robert Beck/SI
David Toms birdied the 18th hole to force a playoff with K.J. Choi at the Players Championship.
7 of 19 Robert Beck/SI
Ryo Ishikawa gained world-wide attention when he pledged all of his earnings from the 2011 season to relief efforts in Japan.
8 of 19 Fred Vuich/SI
Everyone wanted to watch McIlroy as he marched toward history at the U.S. Open.
9 of 19 Fred Vuich/SI
Photographer Fred Vuich's shot of McIlroy teeing off on the par-3 10th hole at Congressional made the cover of Sports Illustrated with the title "Golf's New Era."
10 of 19 Carlos M. Saavedra/SI
McIlroy lagged his birdie putt close to the hole on the 18th green to cement his eight-shot win at Congressional.
11 of 19 Fred Vuich/SI
McIlroy posed with the U.S. Open trophy in front of the big scoreboard at Congressional.
12 of 19 Thomas Lovelock/SI
Rickie Fowler won over the British fans with his fifth-place finish at the Open at Royal St. George's.
13 of 19 Thomas Lovelock/SI
After a rainy start, the skies cleared as Darren Clarke finished off a miraculous round to win the British Open.
14 of 19 Robert Beck/SI
Clarke's win was a big hit with the fans.
15 of 19 Fred Vuich/SI
Clarke joined fellow Northern Irishmen Graeme McDowell and McIlroy as a major champion.
16 of 19 Robert Beck/SI
Tiger Woods blasted out of trouble on the second hole at the PGA Championship. Woods would go on to miss the cut.
17 of 19 Kohjiro Kinno/SI
Rookie Keegan Bradley won the PGA Championship in his first start in a major.
18 of 19 Kohjiro Kinno/SI
Bradley defeated Jason Dufner in a three-hole playoff.
19 of 19 Robert Beck/SI
Photographer Robert Beck also captured the infrared light on this shot of Bradley at the PGA Championship.