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Taking a look back at this year's West Coast Swing

Shane Bacon
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Can you believe the West Coast Swing is already over, and golf has now moved east? With that said, we present you with the best from the 2011 West Coast Swing.

Best Event - Farmers Insurance Open -- It's easy to pick the hottest tournament on the West Coast Swing as the event of the early season, but it had everything you want including a finish we've never seen before. Bubba Watson, with a birdie putt to basically wrap up the event, rolled it in the middle of the cup, forcing Phil Mickelson to hole a wedge to force a playoff. What did Mickelson do? Had his caddie tend the flag while he stood in the fairway, and nearly dropped it in for the eagle. (Runner up - AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am)

Biggest Surprise - Jhonattan Vegas -- Here is a list of accomplishment the 26-year-old rookie has carded the first two months of the PGA Tour season; playoff winner at the Bob Hope Classic, beat Tiger Woods the first time he's paired with him, finish third behind Watson and Mickelson at Torrey Pines and land second in FedEx Cup points. Not a bad start to his career, eh? (Runner up - D.A. Points)

Biggest Disappointment - Tiger Woods - I hate to pile on the guy here, but come on. Tiger played in two events during the West Coast Swing, finishing out of the top-30 in both of them. He exited the Accenture Match Play on the first day, and has been far from as sharp as we expected with as much time off as he took in the off-season to recalibrate his golf swing. He's an easy pick here, but the appropriate one. (Runner up - Anthony Kim)

Best Shot - D.A. Points, wedge on 14 at Pebble Beach on Sunday - You can watch the shot here, but you have to understand, that shot is to one of the trickiest greens on tour and it gave him the cushion he needed to win his first PGA Tour event.(Runner up - Jarrod Lyle's ace on the 16th at TPC Scottsdale)

Best Player - Mark Wilson - When you win twice on the West Coast Swing, you're going to be considered the best, no matter what. Wilson's win at the Sony was great, but the way he handled the Waste Management showed he could do it a couple of more times this season before it ends. (Runner up - Bubba Watson)

Alright, now, discuss! Criticize! Rip our picks apart!

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