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Tom Watson waves to the crowd after his final Open Championship last summer.

Instagram gave golf fans plenty of gifts in 2015.

There were the requisite selfies with trophies.

Some now-classic moments from the year's major championships.

And no shortage of behind-the-scenes snapshots from our favorite players.

We've narrowed down our favorites to the Top 10.

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10. Jordan Spieth with the lead, all the way.

Spieth's wire-to-wire performance would be a sign of a career-defining year to come.


@jordanspieth leads wire-to-wire to win his first green jacket.

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9. A little thing called back-to-back majors.

After winning the Masters, the major Spieth has said he most wanted to win, he went on to capture the U.S. Open title at Chambers Bay by a one-stroke margin.


@jordanspieth is the 1st player to win @themasters and #USOpen in the same year since @tigerwoods in 2002.

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8. The ruptured ligament heard around the world.

While playing a pick-up soccer game with friends, Rory McIlroy injured his ankle, taking him out of contention for the Open Championship and putting a damper on much of the rest of his year.


7. Fairwell to a champion.

Tom Watson won the Open Championship five times in his career. He would play his final rounds at St. Andrews, a fitting end at the Home of Golf.


The five time champion crosses Swilcan Bridge one last time.

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6. The beginning of a beautiful (social media) friendship.

In what would become the longest Open Championship to date, Zach Johnson claimed the Claret Jug after a three-man playoff.


Eight years after winning the green jacket, Zach Johnson adds the Claret Jug to his trophy case.

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5. This is how you do a practice round ahead of a major.

Jordan Spieth took full advantage of his practice time at Whistling Straits. Despite his eventual loss to Jason Day, his gracious reaction of "the best loss I've ever had" would become a highlight of its own.


Check out @JordanSpieth having fun at #WhistlingStraits today (via @JustinThomas34 on Twitter).

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4. Day wins.

Jason Day summed up his first major this way: "I knew today was going to be tough, but I didn't realize how tough it was going to be."


Hard work pays off #Respect #PGAChamp

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3. A Solheim Cup comeback for the ages.

It would come down to the singles matches. But the U.S. team rallied for a one-point victory and its first win in Europe since 2009.


2. Well played, Mr. Spieth.

They were just strolling through a practice round at East Lake. Then Jordan Spieth showed off his photobomb skills.


A photo bomb to remember from @jordanspieth at the @playofffinale. Nice one, Mr. Spieth!

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1. Now on the range, Dash Day.

Dash Day has won over crowds on more than one 18th green. He's also showing off his golf game, just like dad.


Like father, like son. (Via Ellie Day on Twitter) #DashDay

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Check out more of our Best of 2015 picks:

PGA Championship at Whistling Straits | Animal encounters | Trick shots

Blue Wahoos' award
Bubba Watson via Twitter
The Pensacola Blue Wahoos, of which Bubba Watson is a part-owner, won the Southern League's prestigious Organization of the Year Award.
Bubba Watson won an award the other day, and it had nothing to do with golf or philanthropy, two areas in which he excels. Minor League Baseball's Pensacola Blue Wahoos, of which Watson is a part-owner, was honored as the Southern League's Organization of the Year.
Watson shared a shot of the award – which names him, his co-owners and the club's top officials – on social media Tuesday night. The Blue Wahoos won the award in Watson's first season as a part-owner.
Watson grew up in Bagdad, Florida, about 20 miles from where the Wahoos play their home games, threw out the first pitch at a Wahoos game in 2014, and bought into the franchise last January. He talked about buying into the team in this video interview.
The Wahoos were selected for this prestigious honor in a vote of the Southern League's general managers. The team, which joined the AA circuit in 2012, recently was chosen as the "Best View in MiLB," and welcomed its millionth fan during the 2015 season.
"Watson made multiple appearances in Pensacola this season, only adding to the fan experience when he jumped on a dunk tank to support local charity," according to a story on the Blue Wahoos' site announcing the award. "The Blue Wahoos have fully ingrained itself with the local community and have provided the springboard to grow the downtown Pensacola area into a popular destination."
Way to go, Bubba. And way to go, 'Hoos.
Hunter Mahan
Hunter Mahan via Instagram
"Just remember, Stormtroopers are people too," said Hunter Mahan as the new Star Wars movie neared.
The new Star Wars movie – technically titled "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" – is finally here, and a whole lot of us can't wait to get into the theaters and check it out. Some fans are already getting in the spirit.
Among them, it appears, is Hunter Mahan, who donned a Stormtrooper helmet while hanging out with daughter Zoe on Monday.
Star Wars mavens know that Stormtroopers are soldiers under the leadership of the Emperor Palatine and his commanders, most notably Darth Vader, making them bad guys – and less, I looked that up to make sure. But Mahan, in the Instagram post I've embedded below, asks for a little understanding.
The funniest thing about the image of Mahan in a Stormtrooper helmet is that only a few days ago, he posted a photo on Twitter of him surveying a table covered in caps during a meeting at UnderArmour headquarters. His caption: "Did someone mention I love hats?"
Yes, Hunter, we can see that – hats, or maybe that should be helmets, off to you!

Just remember, StormTroopers are people too. #starwars

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December 14, 2015 - 10:59am
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Cheyenne Woods
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In Africa for some charity work, Cheyenne Woods took time on Monday to take a walk... with a cheetah.

Cheyenne Woods -- LPGA player and niece of Tiger Woods -- is in Africa right now fundraising for "Golf Fore Africa" (founded in early 2007 by LPGA Hall of Fame Golfer Betsy King).

On Monday morning, Woods took a break for a very cool/terrifying experience -- walking a cheetah:


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Morning stroll with Susan today..

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I guess when your uncle's name is "Tiger" walking a cheetah is no big deal.

December 14, 2015 - 10:44am
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Tucker Wadkins, Lanny Wadkins
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In case you may have missed it, there was a thrilling finish to the 2015 PNC Father/Son challenge on Sunday, when Tucker Wadkins nailed a 40-foot eagle putt on the first hole of a playoff to seal the win for he and father Lanny.

The 2015 PNC Father/Son Challenge was played over the weekend and went into a four-team, sudden-death playoff at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando.

Well, the playoff didn't last long, because Tucker Wadkins -- son of Lanny -- nailed this 40-foot eagle bomb on the par-5 18th (the first hole of the playoff), that would prove to be the tournament winner:


How about that reaction from dad? 

December 14, 2015 - 10:21am
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Bubba Watson
Check out this hole-in-one from 194 yards out by Bubba Watson in the final round of the Thailand Golf Championship.

Playing in the Thailand Golf Championship one week after a dominating victory in the Hero World Challenge, Bubba Watson proved -- once again -- that his game travels well with this ace from 194 yards on Sunday: