Selecting Woods' best shots of 2010 is tougher task than in previous years

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Tiger Woods' best shot of 2010 might not be the one that most commentators focused on.
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Doug Ferguson
Associated Press

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Published: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 | 12:58 p.m.

At his best, Tiger Woods hit so many good shots in a year that it was hard to pick one. When his caddie, Steve Williams, was asked for the best shot his boss hit in 2010, it was a difficult choice for a different reason.

There weren’t very many.

“I’m going to have to give that some thought,” Williams said with a laugh. “When making a swing change, the list of poor shots is greater than what it would normally be.”

After a few minutes, he settled on a 3-wood at a major.

But it’s not what anyone might think.

“For me, the shot that stood out was at Whistling Straits,” Williams said. “It was the second hole, when he hit it in a bunker off the tee, then way right onto that road. He hit a 3-wood for his third shot just short of the green. It was that one, and the fairway bunker shot on the 18th hole (of the third round) that he started left of the ninth green.

“Those were the two shots. It’s coincidental that it was the same week.”

But what about that 3-wood on the 18th at Pebble Beach in the U.S. Open, the one that Woods carved around a tree, out over the ocean and onto the green for a two-putt birdie and a 66?

Williams shook his head.

“That’s a shot where commentators made it a lot harder than it was,” Williams said. “That was a good shot, but certainly not a difficult shot. The result was outstanding. The shot itself wasn’t that outstanding.”

Woods agreed.

“It wasn’t that hard. He’s right,” Woods said. “The angle of the camera was too far to the right, so the angle brought the ocean into play. The tree was in the way, but it wasn’t that hard of a shot.”