Sports Illustrated’s Best Golf Photos of 2010

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Playing on a sponsor's exemption, Hee Kyung Seo won the Kia Classic for her first LPGA victory.
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Not all of the great golf photos of 2010 happened at the biggest events. Here are some more of our favorites from SI's shooters. Phil Mickelson during the Pro-Am at the Farmers Insurance Open.
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Martin Kaymer during the rain-drenched opening day of play.
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British photographer Mark Pain captured the now-famous shot that sparked the 'Cigar Guy' craze, but Sports Illustrated photographer Robert Beck snapped a similar image of Tiger Woods flubbing a chip directly at a squadron of photographers during his fourball match.
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Rory McIlroy played well in his first Ryder Cup.
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McDowell and teammate Ian Poulter celebrated their victory with the European fans.
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Graeme McDowell drained a lengthy putt on the 16th hole of his singles match against American Hunter Mahan to take a 2-up lead. He secured the winning point for the European Team at the 17th.
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Nick Watney during the final round at Whistling Straits.
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Woods struggled with his swing for much of the tournament, finishing tied for 28th place.
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Woods was also spotted working with swing guru Sean Foley on the range during the tournament. This was the first time Woods was seen working with a swing coach after Hank Haney left him in May.
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Manuel de los Santos at the Cap Cana Championship. The 25-year-old Dominican, who lives in Paris, lost his left leg in a car accident when he was 18.
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Hunter Mahan during the Memorial Tournament.
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Michelle Wie during the LPGA Kia Classic.
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Natalie Gulbis at the U.S. Women's Open.
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American Paula Creamer battled through a thumb injury that plagued her throughout 2010 to win her first major, the U.S. Women's Open, at the historic Oakmont Country Club.
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Six-time major winner Lee Trevino (right) and nine-time major winner Gary Player at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
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Tim Clark at the iconic par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass during the Players.
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Ben Crane during the Players Championship.
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Phil Mickelson and wounded veterans hit balls into the Hudson River off the aircraft carrier Intrepid in New York City prior to the Barclays.
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Tiger Woods in action at the Players Championship.
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Martin Kaymer at the WGC-CA Championship.
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Tiger Woods was photographed working on his swing with caddie Steve Williams during the practice rounds at Whistling Straits.
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After making what he thought was a bogey putt to join the playoff, Johnson was approached by a rules official, who told him that he had incurred a two-shot penalty, ending his tournament hopes.
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It was one of the first times in 2010 that Woods showed a flash of his former self on the golf course.
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Tiger Woods capped a thrilling back nine performance in the third round of the Open with his second shot on the par-5 18th hole. With 260 yards to the pin and a tree in his way, he cut a 3-wood that started toward the ocean and ended up on the green, about 20 feet from the pin.
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Aerial shot of the ninth hole at Pebble Beach.
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Graeme McDowell won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, his first major.
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Tiger Woods reacts to a shot during the final round.
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Mickelson on the 18th green during the third round.
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Mickelson on the 10th hole during the final round.
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Mickelson hit arguably the shot of the year on the 13th hole of the final round. With his ball sitting between two trees on top of pine straw, he hit a six-iron to three feet.
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Mickelson dedicated the win to his wife, Amy, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.
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Woods would finish T4 after struggling on Sunday.
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Woods on Sunday at Pebble Beach.
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Dustin Johnson was the story of the tournament, however. Unaware that he was in a bunker on the 18th hole, he grounded his club before his shot.
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Kaymer hit several clutch putts in the final round, including one on the final hole of regulation that forced a playoff.
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Martin Kaymer won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in a playoff.
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Rickie Fowler on the 17th hole during the third round.
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Rory McIlroy tied the major-championship record with a 63 in the first round, only to follow it with an 80 on Friday.
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South African Louis Oosthuizen shocked the golfing world by winning the British Open at St. Andrews by seven strokes.
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Dustin Johnson held a three-stroke lead going into Sunday but imploded early in the round and shot 82.
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Jim Furyk on the ninth hole during the second round.
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Martin Kaymer finished tied for eighth at Pebble Beach.
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Phil Mickelson captured his third green jacket at Augusta in April.