Top 10 golf shots in 2014

Victor Dubuisson
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The Frenchman -- who would go on to be a force for Europe in the Ryder Cup -- channeled his inner Seve Ballesteros in the Match Play Championship to pull off two of the most impressive up and downs you'll ever see.
By T.J. Auclair
PGA.com
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, December 02, 2014 | 8:08 a.m.

Over the course of the year, there are so many great golf shots hit in the professional ranks that it's almost impossible to narrow them down to the 10 best... but, we tried.

A team at PGA.com huddled up to debate the best shots of 2014 in professional men's and women's golf. Surely you'll think of a shot that didn't make our list and we understand that... and we want you tell us about it over on our PGA.com Facebook page.

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We're pretty confident, however, that these 10 shots will stand out in your mind as among the most memorable.

10. Rory McIlroy's 245-yard approach to the 72nd hole at PGA National in the Honda Classic. McIlroy needed a birdie to force a playoff, which forced the issue on the par-5 closing hole. He went for the green in two with an amazing cut 5-wood that nestled to within 8 feet of the hole to set up what would have been a tournament-winning eagle. McIlroy missed the eagle putt, but made birdie. He eventually lost in a playoff, but this shot was one of his best of the year -- and that's saying something.

 

9. Mo Martin's 240-yard approach on the final hole at Royal Birkdale in the Women's British Open. An underdog in every sense of the word, Martin hit this laser-like shot of a lifetime to within a couple feet of the hole to set up a short eagle putt to claim her first ever LPGA win... which also happened to be a major.

 

8. Billy Horschel's 30-foot par putt on No. 16 at East Lake in the final round of the Tour Championship. Put it this way -- not all 30-foot putts are created equal. That's the case here. Just when it looked as though the Tour Championship -- and a $10 million bonus for winning the FedExCup -- might be slipping away from Horschel, he nailed this bomb to pretty much guarantee the Brinks truck would be waiting behind the 18th green.

 

7. Michelle Wie's 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole at Pinehurst in the final round of the U.S. Women's Open. It's important to note here that Wie had a three-shot lead in the tournament when she stepped to the 16th tee. She then made a double-bogey that cut her lead to one. However, this fantastic birdie putt on No. 17 gave Wie a comfortable (well, as "comfortable" as can be in a major) two-shot lead with one hole to play, setting up the biggest win and moment of her career. (The putt is at the 43-second mark).

 

6. Tiger Woods holes a 91-foot birdie putt in Cadillac Championship at Doral. There weren't many highlights in 2014 for the oft-injured Woods, but this was one of them.

 

5. Paula Creamer holes 75-foot eagle putt to win HSBC Women's Champions playoff. Who doesn't love a risk-reward hole to close out a tournament? On this par 5 hole, Creamer elected to go for the green in two, while her opponent chose to lay up. Creamer found the green with her approach, but it was no guaranteed two-putt... It was actually a center-cut one putt for eagle that sent Creamer off on an understandable fist-pumping rampage.

 

4. Matt Jones holes out a pitch shot to win the Shell Houston Open. Talk about coming through in the clutch. Not only did Jones hole this shot to win for the first time on the PGA Tour... but it also allowed him to lock up the final spot in the Masters the following week. Pretty special.

 

3. Jamie Donaldson's approach to the 15th hole at Gleneagles to set up Europe's Ryder Cup-clinching point. Donaldson may have been a European Ryder Cup rookie, but he sure didn't look the part in Sunday's singles matches where he took down U.S. bulldog Keegan Bradley. Donaldson's wedge approach to kick-in range on No. 15 secured the win for Europe -- its third straight.

 

2. Rory McIlroy makes two eagles in three holes to close out third round of Open Championship. Remember when McIlroy was in that big slump? Yeah... we almost don't remember either. With these two eagles in three holes, McIlroy took a six-shot lead into the final round of the Open at Royal Liverpool, where he would claim his third major title.

 

1. Victor Dubuisson makes two incredible par saves from the desert at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. This little-known Frenchman -- who would go on to be a force for Europe in the Ryder Cup -- channeled his inner Seve Ballesteros in the Match Play Championship to pull off two of the most impressive up and downs you'll ever see.

Honorable mentions:
- Tom Watson chips one-armed & backwards at the Toshiba Classic
- Charl Schwartzel hits an incredible golf shot off the road at the Volvo Golf Champions
- Matt Kuchar's final hole greenside bunker hole out to win the Heritage 

 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.