Top 10 Golf Stories of the Year

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Top 10 Stories Of the Year Here's what more than 2,600 readers surveyed by say were the biggest stories of 2008 No. 1 - 48% Tiger Woods limps to a playoff victory at the U.S. Open, then has reconstructive surgery on his left knee and misses the rest of the season. "Tiger looked at the doctor and said, 'I'm playing the U.S. Open, and I'm going to win.' And then he started putting on his shoes." — Woods's coach, Hank Haney Read the storyU.S. Open coverage
2 of 11 Left to right: Robert Beck (Inbee Park, Grace Park, Mi Hyun Kim); David Walberg (Young Kim)
NO. 9 - 1.2% The LPGA says that all players must speak English or be suspended, but then backs down. "Hard to keep track. Too many Kims and Parks." — PGA Tour Pro K.J. Choi of South Korea, when asked if he follows the Koreans on the LPGA Tour.
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No. 9 - 1.2% Seve Ballesteros has multiple surgeries for brain cancer. Latest news on Seve Special Section: Seve Ballesteros
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No. 8 - 1/3% Tiger wins four tournaments in a row. "Lynch him in a back alley." — Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman, on the strategy other players should use against Woods Read the story
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No. 7 - 1.5% After a difficult divorce, Greg Norman marries Chris Evert and contends at the British Open at age 53. British Open coverage
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No. 5 - 4.1% Annika Sorenstam retires. "After some serious consideration, I have made a decision to step away from competitive golf after this season." — Sorenstam More about Annika
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No. 5 - 4.1% Padraig Harrington wins two straight majors, the British Open and the PGA Championship. "I think the system needs tweaking, but I don't think it needs tweaking to keep people in there. I think you need to have people missing out... That's what happens in a playoff." — Harrington, on the FedEx Cup PGA Championship coverage British Open coverage
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No. 4 - 4.4% Rocco Mediate comes from nowhere to tie Woods and force a playoff in the U.S. Open. "He said, 'Great fight!' to me, and that makes it a little better." — Mediate, on what Woods said to him after the playoff U.S. Open coverage
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No. 3 - 5.3% Captain Paul Azinger leads the U.S. to victory in the Ryder Cup. "We are going to take on an underdog role in this Ryder Cup for the first time in a long time — even on paper — when you look at the strength of the European squad." — Azinger Ryder Cup coverage
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No. 2 - 24.2% John Daly is found passed out outside a Hooters in Winston-Salem, N.C., and spends the night in jail. "My whole goal for him was he's got to show me that golf is the most important thing in his life. And the most important thing in his life is getting drunk." — Butch Harmon, on why he 'fired' his client Daly Read the story
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Also receiving votes (in order of vote totals): Erik Compton returns to competition five months after a second heart transplant; Kelly Tilghman is suspended for saying that the only way to beat Tiger Woods would be to lynch him, and GolfWeek editor Dave Seanor is fired for putting a noose on the cover of the magazine; Sergio Garcia becomes the No. 2-ranked player in the world; Anthony Kim wins the Wachovia Championship and stars in the Ryder Cup; Lorena Ochoa, left, wins the Kraft Nabisco Championship and six other LPGA tournaments; Camilo Villegas wins two FedEx Cup playoff events; Vijay Singh clinches the FedEx Cup title before the final event; Tripp Isenhour deliberately kills a hawk while filming an infomercial; the PGA Tour and the LPGA begin drug-testing; Trevor Immelman wins the Masters; Butch Harmon 'fires' John Daly;Ernie Els reveals his son's autism; the PGA Tour implements the Missed Cut Did Not Finish rule.• Return to 2008 Year-in-Review Homepage