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What A Season!
Gary Van Sickle
November 15, 2004
Big winners, super shots, surprising stumbles, startling stats--the now-completed year had 'em all
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November 15, 2004

What A Season!

Big winners, super shots, surprising stumbles, startling stats--the now-completed year had 'em all

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04 $ Rank

Earnings

1. Davis Love III

10

$3,075,092

2. Chris DiMarco

12

$2,971,842

3. Rory Sabbatini

16

$2,500,397

4. Jerry Kelly

17

$2,496,222

5. Scott Verplank

20

$2,365,592

6. Shigeki Maruyama

23

$2,301,692

7. K.J. Choi

26

$2,077,775

8. Jay Haas

27

$2,071,626

9. Darren Clarke

28

$2,009,819

10. Kenny Perry

30

$1,952,043

We saw the impossible on the PGA Tour in 2004: Tiger Woods falling to earth, a mere mortal after all. We also saw the improbable, Phil Mickelson finally winning a big one, and the unimaginable, Vijay Singh, a 41year-old from Fiji, dominating the game with nine victories and a record $10.9 million in earnings. Here's what else made the '04 season a memorable one.

Biggest Meltdown

Steve Allan (above) of Australia lived every Tour player's worst nightmare at the Reno-Tahoe Open. In the fairway of the 72nd hole with a sand wedge in hand and needing only a bogey for his first Tour win, Allan chunked, bladed, flopped and gassed his way to a double-bogey 6, then lost the playoff to Vaughn Taylor.

DEFINING MOMENT

Vijay Singh (left), going head-to-head with Tiger Woods in the final pairing in September's Deutsche Bank Championship, birdied three of the last four holes to win by three. The victory vaulted Singh past Woods to No. 1 in the World Ranking, ending Woods's five-year reign.

Best Shot

The 176-yard six-iron holed for an eagle 2 by Craig Parry (left) to defeat Scott Verplank on the first playoff hole of the Ford Championship.

Wettest Whistles

According to The Detroit News, the U.S. team consumed a six-pack of beer in the Oakland Hills locker room during the Ryder Cup. Attendants lost count of the Euros' intake. The room was "one big party, from beginning to end," the News said.

Quotes of the Year

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