Top shots of 2010: Aces and Augusta mastery

As the year winds to its close, we're taking one last look back at the best of 2010. Over the next week, we'll consider the greatest moments of the 2010 season, and we begin with this compendium of the most significant shots of the year. Let's start in a familiar location, shall we?

1. Phil Mickelson, The Masters. 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 near-impossible:

Naturally, Phil being Phil, he missed the next shot. Even though 1a. might get the nod as a more dramatic shot at the time, this is the shot that'll be remembered for years to come. Check out the rest of the shots below, with select video.

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. Video right here.

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?

4. Graeme McDowell's Tiger-slayer. It was a year to remember for McDowell, winning the U.S. Open, clinching the Ryder Cup, and running down Tiger Woods in the Chevron World Classic. Two straight long putts closed out Woods in a playoff, demonstrating that McDowell, in 2010 at least, wouldn't pull a major fade.

5. Rickie Fowler, singles matches, Ryder Cup: With his team and his nation needing a desperate charge, Rickie Fowler came up huge in the Ryder Cup, drilling this insanely pressure-packed putt:

6. Rocco Mediate, Open: Rocco had four eagles over the course of his week at the, none bigger than this one to hold off Alex Prugh:

7. Chris Couch at Bay Hill: Who? Chris Couch, fool! Forget the name, just check out the luckiest shot of the year:

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. Stuart Appleby, Greenbrier Classic: It was just a birdie, yes. An 11-foot birdie. On hole No. 18. To close out a round of 59. Just a birdie. Yeah, right.

11. 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.

12. Tiger Woods, Ryder Cup: In his singles match, Tiger holed out an eagle so unexpected even he didn't realize it had gone in. It was one of the few on-course bright spots for the guy all year long.

So there you have it, the most significant shots of 2010. Now it's your turn. What was your take for the best of the year? Let us know in the comments.

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