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WHAT IT MEANS: December 29, 2010

Posted By Jeremy Schilling On Dec 29 2010 @ 6:21 pm In PGA | No Comments

So as 2010 comes to a close and we look towards the 2011 PGA Tour season, it’s time for one last look at 2010, and my top 5 shots of 2010 in this week’s What It Means:

5. Jim Furyk’s Bunker Shot to Clinch the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup at East Lake: 18th hole, par 3, pouring rain, tee shot in the bunker, $11.35 million riding on the line. Easy circumstances, right? Not so fast. But off hard-packed sand he hit a sterling bunker shot to a couple feet, converted the par putt, and won it all — clinching PGA Tour Player of the Year in the process.

4. Graeme McDowell, Ryder Cup, Monday Singles, 16th Hole: The momentum of the Ryder Cup had swung back to the United States, as they were in the midst of an amazing comeback to try to take back the Cup from Europe. It all came down to the anchor match, Graeme McDowell vs. Hunter Mahan. On a magnificent Monday for all of golf, McDowell drained a clutch 15-foot birdie putt on 16, taking all the energy his and the Europeans’ way. He would his match and the Cup for Europe on the next hole. Gutsy, Gutsy, Gutsy.

3. Jonathan Byrd’s Walk Off Ace in Las Vegas: It’s an NFL Sunday, the TV remote is getting a workout, and I stumble on the final round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hopsitals for Children Open. Darkness is falling, a playoff is taking place, and a par 3 over water awaits. Byrd hits his tee shot dead on line…and in. A walk-off ace, the first in PGA Tour history. And quite possibly the last. Unbelievable. And not many people saw it, unfortunately, but it was quite a moment.

2.Matt Kuchar’s Winning 7-Iron at the Barclays: In a playoff with Martin Laird, Kuchar’s tee shot on the 18th hole at Ridgewood Country Club went a little astray into the left rough. However, he successfully used the backboard at the rear of the green, brought it down the slope to a couple feet and converted the birdie putt to win the first FedEx Cup playoff event Heck of a shot in a pressure-packed moment.

1. Phil Mickelson’s Second Shot on the 13th on Sunday At Augusta: Off the pine straw, in The Masters, on Sunday, over water. Need I say more? It’s the shot of the year in my opinion, hands down. Not too many would have the nerves to pull that off. But Phil did — and did it perfectly.

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