Sports Illustrated Best Images of 2012

1 of 27 Kohjiro Kinno / SI
Rory McIlroy hit an approach shot on Saturday during the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in late February. McIlroy went on to lose in Sunday's championship match to Hunter Mahan -- but McIlroy would go on to win five times around the world in 2012 and earn PGA Tour Player of the Year honors.
2 of 27 Kohjiro Kinno / SI
Tiger Woods surveyed a putt in the opening round of the Accenture Match Play. Woods won this match, but would lose the next day to Nick Watney.
3 of 27 Fred Vuich / SI
Woods contorted himself after hitting his second shot on the 11th hole in the third round at Doral in March. Woods would withdraw from the event the next day with an Achilles injury.
4 of 27 Fred Vuich / SI
Woods surveyed a putt on the second green on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. Woods went on to win the event for his first full-field title since 2009.
5 of 27 Fred Vuich / SI
Phil Mickelson was lost in the trees on the second hole in the second round at the Masters in April. He went on to tie for fourth place.
6 of 27 Fred Vuich / SI
Woods finished T40 at Augusta.
7 of 27 Al Tielemans / SI
Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen were paired together during the final round, and took this walk together on the par-3 16th hole.
8 of 27 Al Tielemans / SI
Oosthuizen missed this putt on the first hole of sudden death that would've won the green jacket.
9 of 27 Al Tielemans / SI
Watson hit this hooked wedge shot around the trees on the 10th hole -- and second hole of sudden death -- to set himself up for his first career major title.
10 of 27 Carlos M. Saavedra / SI
Stewart Cink played through the trees in the second round of April's RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, S.C.
11 of 27 Fred Vuich / SI
John Rollins played this tricky shot on the second hole at the Zurich Classic in late April, where he went on to tie for seventh place.
12 of 27 Fred Vuich / SI
Jason Dufner teed off on the 11th hole at the Zurich Classic. He went on to win the event for his first to two titles in 2012.
13 of 27 Fred Vuich / SI
Fred Couples appeared to pump up Woods on Thursday at the Memorial in late June.
14 of 27 Fred Vuich / SI
Woods went on to win the Memorial, punctuated by this improbable chip-in for birdie on the 16th hole. Jack Nicklaus later called it one of the best shots he'd ever seen.
15 of 27 Al Tielemans / SI
Phil Mickelson's U.S. Open got off to a miserable start. His opening tee shot was lost in the trees, and he had to take the long walk back up the slope to hit a second tee shot. He went on to tie for 65th, and he remains without a U.S. Open title in his career.
16 of 27 Kohjiro Kinno / SI
Olympic Club, site of the U.S. Open, was one of the most scenic stops on Tour in 2012.
17 of 27 Al Tielemans / SI
Jim Furyk played an approach on Saturday at Olympic Club. He had a chance to win his second career major, but stumbled late in the final round and finished tied for fourth.
18 of 27 Robert Beck / SI
Woods hacked out of deep rough in his opening round at the British Open in July. He shot a 67 on Thursday, but struggled on the weekend and tied for third.
19 of 27 Simon Bruty / SI
Rory McIlroy signed a glove for a fan who was struck by McIlroy's tee shot at the British Open at Royal Lytham. McIlroy struggled all week and tied for 60th.
20 of 27 Thomas Lovelock / SI
Ernie Els celebrated a birdie at the British Open on the 72nd hole by firing his ball into the crowd. His 15-foot putt would prove to be the title-clincher after Adam Scott closed with four straight bogeys to fall one shot short of Els.
21 of 27 Robert Beck / SI
Scott missed this final putt on the 18th hole to fall to Els by one shot at Royal Lytham.
22 of 27 Fred Vuich / SI
Woods fired an approach shot in the second round of August's PGA Championship at Kiawah. He tied for 11th and finished the year without a major title.
23 of 27 Fred Vuich / SI
Ian Poulter played an approach during the third round at Kiawah. He went on to tie for third.
24 of 27 Darren Carroll / SI
Woods's driver went for a ride on the 15th tee in the final round of the PGA Championship. Woods finished tied for 11th.
25 of 27 Fred Vuich / SI
McIlroy celebrated an eight-shot win -- and his second career major title -- at the PGA.
26 of 27 Carlos M. Saavedra / SI
Justin Rose faced a tough shot on the 13th hole during the second round at the Barclays at Bethpage Black in late August.
27 of 27 Robert Beck / SI
Sergio Garcia was the first to greet Martin Kaymer after Kaymer drained the clinching putt for Europe to complete an improbable comeback at the Ryder Cup in late September.