By now, you've heard plenty about the astonishing walkoff ace that Jonathan Byrd nailed to win the Timberlake Open on Sunday. It's the latest in a season of amazing shots, but where does it rank among the very best? Bearing in mind that we've still got two months left in the year, we humbly present our nominees for the top shots of 2010 ... bearing in mind that "top" doesn't always mean "best." And we begin with a familiar face:
1. Phil Mickelson at Augusta. This one gets the edge over Byrd by a hairsbreadth because of the significance of the locale and the moment. With Lee Westwood and Anthony Kim in the hunt, and his own ball in the woods at the 13th on Masters Sunday, Mickelson stepped up and did the impossible:
Where does everyone else fit in? Read on ...
1a. Jonathan Byrd's walkoff ace at the Timberlake. In the entire history of the PGA Tour, nobody has ever pulled off a sudden-death walkoff hole-in-one. Only the fact that this occurred in the Fall Series kept it from being the runaway No. 1.
3. Jim Furyk's bunker shot at the Tour Championship. With $11 million on the line and the possibility of a playoff looming, Jim Furyk had to execute a perfect sand shot to set himself up for the win. Guess what happened?
7. Bubba Watson, trick shot: This was the year Bubba burst big on the PGA scene, and he did so with unlikely goofiness like this shot from Ping headquarters:
8. Jeff Overton at the Ryder. Two words: Boom, baby.
9. Dustin Johnson, PGA Championship: Remember how we said that "top" doesn't necessarily mean "best"? Yeah, these last two shots fit into that category. First, we've got the infamous club-grounding move, the tiny slip that cost Dustin Johnson a shot at the PGA Championship:
10. Robert Garrigus, St. Jude Classic: Runaway winner for most painful moment of the year, as Garrigus had a three-shot lead standing on No. 18, and then it all came apart following his horrendous tee shot:
So there you have it, the most significant shots of 2010 (so far). Add your own nominees below.
- Jonathan Byrd