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Video: Five best golf shots of 2012

By Shane Bacon | Blogger

This season, there were plenty of big golf shots and choke jobs on the PGA Tour. As the year winds down, we will continue to look back at some of the highs and lows. We start with the five best shots of 2012.

5. Webb Simpson's chip shot on the 18th hole, U.S. Open - It takes shots like this chip from Simpson to win major championships. And when everyone else was falling apart, Simpson was making clutch par after clutch par. He found himself in a tricky spot on the 72nd hole but hacked it out, watched it roll right past the hole and knocked in the putt for par to wrap up his first major championship.

4. Rickie Fowler's second shot, Wells Fargo Championship playoff - It seemed critics were really starting to question if Fowler had the chops to win a PGA Tour event. The youngster had the flair, but could he hit a golf shot to close out an event? That question was answered at the Wells Fargo, when he hit this second shot in a three-man playoff to set up a birdie and the victory.

3. Ernie Els' putt on the 18th hole, British Open - What a crazy year for Ernie Els. In late April, he couldn't make a single putt to close out the Zurich Classic, leaving us with one of the most awkward post-tournament interviews in golf history. Then at the British Open, he smoked this putt in the back of the hole to give him a chance at a fourth major championship. One Adam Scott collapse later, and Els had himself the Claret Jug and a cherry-on-top win for his illustrious career.

2. Tiger Woods' chip-in on the 16th hole, Memorial Tournament -- It was vintage Tiger at his best during the final round of the Memorial, when he stood behind the green on the par-3 16th with basically no shot at all. That was, until he hit this chip shot, landed it perfectly on the fringe and watched it roll directly into the hole. That gave us one of the best reactions of 2012.

1. Bubba Watson's second shot, Masters playoff - If there was ever a viewable definition of Bubba Golf, it might be this shot that Watson hit to clinch his first major championship. In the trees right of the 10th hole, he hooked a wedge almost 40 yards, landing it short of the hole and allowed himself two putts for the green jacket. It is one of those golf shots we will be talking about for years to come.

 
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