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December 26, 2015 - 11:02am
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Bubba Watson takes a pie to the face on Christmas Day while son Caleb watches in amusement.

Santa Claus could have gotten Caleb Watson something a little less messy for Christmas, like "Chutes and Ladders" or "Twister."

Instead, he brought "Pie Face." And dad just had to give it a try.

Watch as Bubba Watson gets a face full of whipped cream as Caleb watches with glee:

 

 

All in all, it could have been worse. There's an actual game out there called "Doggie Doo." We'll let you look up the specifics.

 

December 26, 2015 - 10:35am
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Tiger Woods poses for a Christmas photo with his children and pets.

In his most recent "Christmas letter" posted to his website, Tiger Woods reflected on the ups and downs of a difficult 2015, his hopes for a return to competitive golf in 2016 -- and his feelings about turning 40 on Dec. 30.

Here are a few excerpts. You can read the full letter here.

On the past season:

As far as 2015, it was a tough year physically and took a toll on my body. I had to battle through a swing pattern change and get that organized, because it was awful at the beginning of the year. I didn't play for the longest time because I was stuck. To come back on the hardest venue of any course on the short game at Augusta National and tie for 17th, was pretty special to get myself back into it.

On what he expects in the near future:

The thing I'm looking forward to the most about 2016 is getting back out there again. I've missed it, and I would like to do it pain-free. I haven't done that in what seems like a long time. I've had it in spurts the last few years and have done some pretty good things, but I'd like to have sustained health.

Hopefully, I'll be able to play my way onto the Ryder Cup Team. Either way, I'm excited about being named a vice-captain. It will be new, fun and special. To have Davis appoint and trust me is pretty special. If you look back to when we played together in 1999 at Brookline, I don't think either one of us would have foreseen this. But here we are in leadership roles.

Hopefully I can play and lead at the same time and not just be on the sideline. All of us who have been a part of any of the teams over the years, once you've experienced it, you want to be a part of it. It's really hard to describe unless you've been in one of those team rooms and know what goes on.

And Tiger on the big 4-0:

My friends keep asking me how it feels to be turning 40 at the end of the month and my response is, "It depends when you ask me." Mentally, people who know me know I'm like a five-year-old. Physically, sometimes I feel old and sometimes I feel like a teenager. I don't like the polar opposites of the two. I'd like to be somewhere in the middle where I feel 40.

December 25, 2015 - 9:00am
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Rickie Fowler owned the 17th hole at the 2015 Players Championship.

During the 2015 season, PGA Tour pros made countless golf shots - and there were plenty of the stellar kind.

Those shots that had us shaking our head and reaching for the DVR remote.

Out of all of them, the PGA Tour has chosen their top two. They come to us courtesy of Zach Johnson and Rickie Fowler.

No. 2: The Players

Rickie Fowler stood - again - on the 17th tee box for what was the fourth hole of a three-man playoff.

Then this casually happened - again - on the 17th green.

FOWLER WINS PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP | FOWLER'S WINNING CLUBS

 

 

No. 1: The Open Championship

Zach Johnson leaned over his ball on the 18th green at St. Andrews knowing he needed the birdie.

 

That 30-footer led to a three-man playoff with Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen and the eventual victory for Johnson.

ZACH JOHNSON WINS 2015 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP | ZACH JOHNSON'S WINNING CLUBS

 

December 20, 2015 - 2:57pm
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John Daly lost a club to Lake Michigan during the second round of the PGA Championship.

We've rounded up your favorite Twitter posts from 2015 - the ones that had you clicking, sharing and commenting the most.

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10. Favorite pairing?

Jason Day and Jordan Spieth were the final pairing Sunday at the PGA Championship. Day would go on to win, calling the round a battle. Spieth's reaction? See No. 6 on this list.

 

 

9. Par save.

We're not sure what part of this is the best - Rory McIlroy saving par from the water or keeping the shoes on while saving par from the water.

 

 

8. You really, really like major championships.

 

 

The PGA Championship at Whistling Straits did not disappoint, courtesy of Jason Day and plenty of drama along the shores of Lake Michigan.

7. Phil takes on the slippery slope.

When he's not hitting crazy-good flop shots or making the impossible look possible, Phil Mickelson is kind enough to remind us that golf is after all a game to be enjoyed.

 

 

6. Spieth gives Day respect

In one of the year's classiest post-game pressers, Jordan Spieth gave Jason Day all the credit for his PGA Championship win.

 

 

5. Day wins.

Winning the 2015 PGA Championship was more than a breakthrough win for Jason Day. It also provided a platform for him to share the inspirational story of his journey to golf's elite.

 

 

4. Tent shot

When your ball ends up in a hospitality tent and you're Matt Jones? You play on, of course. And then a fellow player uses the occasion for a meme. 

 

 

3. The things we'll do for that autograph.

Hats off to these youngsters who didn't let the green mesh fence get in the way of a Jordan Spieth autograph.

 

 

2. Club toss.

One of John Daly's clubs ended up in the water during the second round of the PGA Championship. What was frustration for Daly turned into a nice souvenir for one lucky fan.

 

 

1. OneDirection star takes new direction.

We saw Niall Horan's love for golf on display when he carried the bag for Rory McIlroy during the Par 3 Contest at the Masters. Last month he made it clear just what's next for him and his game. (Also, Gary Player with the win for his comment.)

 

 

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Rickie Fowler and friends got in some early practice at Baltusrol this year.

There were wins.

And there were major wins.

There were moments we won't want to forget. The ones that reminded us why we love this game of golf.

No doubt we've all got our own lists, tucked away for clubhouse conversations, filed away for those "remember when" moments.

These are just a few of the ones that stood out for me. (In no particular order.)

Since Zach Johnson won the Open Championship he's handled its icnonic trophy in the best way(s) possible.

 

 

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There's been plenty of talk about golf's youth movement. Looking even further into the future, there's this level of passion that's growing in the elementary school-aged set. 

 

 

The 2015 Masters? This happened and it was a thing a beauty. Looking back, we probably all had a feeling it was the start of someone's very good year.

 

 

Speaking of breakthrough wins. Jason Day dazzled through all four rounds at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Round 4, when he needed his game to remain strong? He striped this down the fairway. Go ahead, we won't blame you if you watch repeatedly.

 

 

Since practice makes perfect, it's no wonder these two guys are winning. (Miss a cut? Move on to the next course.)

 

 

Missed cut pillow fight round today at Baltusrol but still some good action from @rickiefowler

A video posted by Jordan Spieth (@jordanspieth) on

 

We've rounded up plenty of other "Best of 2015" lists, enough to keep us entertained until the next round of memories. 

Let the countdown to golf's greatest moments of 2016 begin.

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