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MOST STIRRING SHOWDOWNS
Jim Gorant
December 12, 2005
Nothing excites golf fans more than a head-to-head tussle between two big-name players or a back-and-forth battle down the stretch that includes just about anybody. Here are blow-by-blow recaps of some of the 2005 season's best knock-down, drag-out brawls. [This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]
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December 12, 2005

Most Stirring Showdowns

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Event Combatants Opening Shot Counterpunch Big Swing Knockout Blow
Ford Championsip at Doral Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson Woods eagles the 12th hole after reaching with a 300-yard three-wood Mickelson responds with birdies at 13 and 14 to pull even After Mickelson bogeys 16, Woods birdies 17 Phil's chip-in to tie it on 18 lips out
Masters Tiger Woods and Chris DiMarco DiMarco birdies the 15th hole to pull within one On 16, Woods makes his amazing Nike-commercial birdie to go back up by two DiMarco draws even after Tiger bogeys 17 and 18, but Chris's chip to win lips out From almost the exact same spot, DiMarco again misses his birdie chip. Woods follows with a curling 15-footer for birdie to win
American Express Championship Tiger Woods and John Daly On the first playoff hole Daly blows his drive by Woods On the second playoff hole Tiger's on in two while Daly's drive sits in the trees Daly hits a brilliant recovery shot to 15 feet After both miss their birdie putts, Daly's two-footer to extend the playoff misses left
Senior British Open Tom Watson and Des Smyth Smyth goes three under to pull even at the turn On the third playoff hole Watson hits his approach just off the back of the green Smyth tries to answer, but puts his ball in a greenside bunker Watson chips to three feet, then makes the putt to win
Senior PGA Championship Mike Reid and Jerry Pate Reid, who came to 18 three shots behind Pate, drains an eagle putt Pate misses his three-foot par putt On the first playoff hole Reid hits a five-wood to the middle of the green After Pate misses an eight-footer for birdie, Reid taps in for the win
U.S. Womens Open Morgan Pressel and Michelle Wie In the showdown that never materializes, Wie double-bogeys the first hole on the way to an 82 Pressel arrives at the 18th tied for the lead with Birdie Kim From the right bunker Kim does the improbable, holing out to go up by one A stunned Pressel misses her birdie pitch and a chance at a playoff, then two-putts to fall into a tie for second

Nothing excites golf fans more than a head-to-head tussle between two big-name players or a back-and-forth battle down the stretch that includes just about anybody. Here are blow-by-blow recaps of some of the 2005 season's best knock-down, drag-out brawls.
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]


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