Tiger Woods has won three majors and six other tournaments this year, but it is not his winning alone that has made the biggest impression on many people within the game. Here's what some golf insiders have found most memorable about Woods's record-breaking season.
"Playing with Tiger at the PGA, I noticed how he played within his capabilities on every shot. He always played to positions where he wasn't going to get himself into trouble. He played smart golf, and I was impressed by that."
"With everything expected of him, and with what he expects of himself, he always kept his composure. Believe me, that's not easy, especially when you're only 24."
USGA executive director
"I was impressed with the way he won the PGA. There was such pressure on him, and dueling with a basically unknown player the last day increased that pressure. Tiger found a way, capturing the essence of what makes him so special."
LPGA Hall of Famer
"He's a great analyzer and pays enormous attention to detail. I think of the extra two hours he spent on the practice green Wednesday night before the first round of the U.S. Open. He knew the details of poa annua, how that grass requires a pure roll, and he put in the work until he was ready."
Former Tour pro
"That 269-yard two-iron he knocked on the 16th green [at the NEC Invitational] on Saturday floored me. I've been on that sidehill lie where his drive was, and to hit a long iron with that trajectory and hold a firm green is an ability from another planet. That kind of shot says, 'Guys, I'm better than you.' "
"That 15-foot putt he made for par on the 15th hole of the final round [of the PGA] sticks with me the most. Bob May has a six-footer for birdie, so if Tiger doesn't hole his putt, that means he's probably three down with three to go. That putt showed the quality we players most admire."
"After Hal Sutton defeated him at the Players Championship, Tiger took his hat off and shook his hand. My impression was he really likes it when someone takes him to the wall. It was almost like that was more important to him than losing."
"The most amazing thing is, I can't remember him hitting a shot that wasn't solid. It might go a little left or right, but he hits absolutely everything in the middle of the club face."