Whether it was an unlikely winner, a dominating performance, or an incredible shot under the gun, there were plenty of surprises in the world of golf in 2014.
Here's a look back at 10 of the biggest surprises over the last 12 months.
10. Billy Horschel gets hot, wins FedExCup
Talk about getting on a roll at just the right time. In the course of three tournaments, the Florida Gator turned a rather forgettable year on the course into the best season of his career. Before the start of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup, Horschel had two top-10 finishes to his name in 2014.
After a missed cut in the playoffs-opener at the Barclays, it looked like there was a real chance his postseason would end the following week at TPC Boston. But as coach Lee Corso would say, "Not so fast, my friends!"
Horschel tied for second at the Deutsche Bank Championship (even after a terrible mishit on the final hole cost him a chance at a win). He then won a week later at Cherry Hills in the BMW Championship and capped it off with a victory the following week in the Tour Championship to snag the FedExCup and the $10 million bonus that comes with it. And, for good measure, just a few days later Horschel and his wife welcomed their first child -- a beautiful little girl -- into the world.
9. Martin Kaymer blows away the field at Pinehurst No. 2
All the talk leading into the newly renovated Pinehurst No. 2 for the 2014 U.S. Open was about how difficult the conditions would be... even without the true U.S. Open rough. Some wondered if the winning score would even come in under par.
Well, it certainly was difficult and in the end, only three players finished 72 holes under par. That said, it was no contest. The man who won -- Kaymer -- looked to be playing a different course from all the others. Kaymer, now a two-time major champ, smoked the field with an eight-shot victory, finishing a remarkable 9-under par. That wasn't supposed to happen on that course under those conditions.
Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler tied for second at 1 under.
It wasn't a surprise that a player like Kaymer won... but the fashion in which he did sure was.
8. Rickie Fowler records top-5 finishes in all four majors
The biggest surprise here? That he didn't win any of them! For the first time in the game's long history, a player recorded a top-5 in all four majors without winning one of them.
Disappointing? Maybe a little for Fowler. But, man, what an impressive run.
It all started in April when Fowler tied for fifth at the Masters -- his worst finish in 2014 at the majors. Worst!
Fowler then tied for second in the U.S. Open and British Open before tying for third at the PGA Championship. Again, an amazing run.
7. Jimmy Walker wins three times before the middle of February
It's fair to say that Walker, 35, is a late bloomer. He was a journeyman who many times put himself in a position to win, but could never quite close out a tournament on the PGA Tour.
Well, in 2013-14, the floodgates opened for the feisty Walker. After convincing renowned coach Butch Harmon to give him some tutelage, Walker's game became "next-level" good.
Walker snagged his first Tour win at the Frys.com Open in October of 2013. He followed it up with a victory in Hawaii at the Sony Open and then another two starts later at Pebble Beach.
Were we surprised that he finally won? Not at all. But, for a three-month span, Walker was the hottest player on the planet.
6. Matt Jones holes out to win in Houston, punches ticket to Masters
One of the many perks of winning on the PGA Tour is an invitation to play in the Masters.
For several years now, the Shell Houston Open has been the final opportunity for players not otherwise exempt to earn a spot in the Masters field -- it's played the week before the season's first major.
Jones, an Aussie who had never won on the PGA Tour, holed a 42-yard pitch shot on the first hole of a playoff with Matt Kuchar to not only win the tournament, but to earn a spot in the Masters.
5. Miguel Angel Jimenez wins first Champions Tour start
What can you say about the world's most interesting golfer that hasn't been said?
"He once contended against the young guns finishing fourth in the Masters at age 50 and then won the following week in his Champions Tour debut. He is, the most interesting man in golf."
Yes, that's exactly what Jimenez did. After the fourth-place showing at Augusta, he won the next week in the Greater Gwinnett Championship on the Champions Tour.
He also won twice on the European Tour in the 2013-14 season -- once at age 49 and once at age 50.
Asked about his longevity after his Open de Espana win in May, Jimenez said: "There is no secret. Good food, good wine, good cigars and some exercise!"
And here's that exercise Jimenez spoke of:
4. 11-year-old qualifies for U.S. Women's Open
A sixth-grader competing in a major championship? Come on!
That's precisely what 11-year-old Lucy Li (now 12) did this year, making it through qualifiers to earn her spot in the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Simply put -- remarkable.
Li could be one of those players on the ladies side who we'll be hearing about for years to come. Our favorite thing about Li's appearance at the Women's Open -- aside from incredibly respectable scores of 78-78 -- is that she remained a kid throughout the week.
While many would think she'd be understandably shy, or nervous, she couldn't have been anymore loose. We particularly loved this photo below during one of her post-round interviews:
3. Michelle Wie wins the U.S. Women's Open
While we're at it, let's keep the focus on the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2. It was the crowning achievement for Michelle Wie.
She has been under the microscope since she was 10 years old and became the youngest player ever to qualify for a USGA event. After that, she was known for making appearances in PGA Tour events and everyone thought she'd be the next most dominant player in the women's game (she still may be one day).
However, not everything pans out when it comes to realizing the expectations others have for you.
Wie never truly had a chance to be a kid, which is why it was refreshing that she decided to attend Stanford and enjoy the college life, while also mixing in LPGA starts.
With her U.S. Open win, though, the monkey was finally off Wie's back. She's now forever a major champion.
2. Mo Martin wins the RICOH Women's British Open
Mo Martin is the complete opposite of Wie. With all due respect to Martin, she was little known before her magical week at Royal Birkdale in the RICOH Women's British Open.
If you like the story of the underdog -- and who doesn't? -- Martin is about as good as it gets.
Winless in her career on the LPGA, Martin hit the most magical of shots on the final hole at Birkdale to set up a short eagle putt that would eventually win her not only her first LPGA event, but also her first major.
Our favorite part of this story? Martin used her winnings to save her family's ranch in Porterville, Calif. How cool is that?
Oh, and here's that remarkable approach to the 72nd hole in case you wanted another look:
1. Christina Kim wins the Lorena Ochoa Invitational
Our final entry is also the most recent of the listed events. Christina Kim, 30, has one of the biggest personalities on the LPGA.
She's funny, charismatic and easily one of the best Twitter follows (@TheChristinaKim).
And, as we learned in July of 2012 in a blog Kim penned entitled, "I guess it's time to address the elephant in the room," it turns out she was a sad clown.
In the blog, Kim detailed her battle with depression and thoughts of suicide.
Writing can be therapeutic. It was also brave and dare we say "courageous" of her to put it all out there.
There are no statistics to measure how many people Kim influenced with that blog. But, surely it's refreshing for those struggling to know they're not alone.
So, when Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in November in a playoff over Shanshan Feng, it was extra special.
It was Kim's first LPGA title in nine years and arguably the biggest of her career.
Did the win put an end to the world's depression? Of course not.
But it was an example of how a person -- when confronting their issues head on -- can accomplish anything.
Kim's victory was the biggest surprise and greatest comeback story of 2014.