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  1. 2014 was a good year for wacky sports stories


    The weird. The wacky. The bizarre. The just plain dumb and funny. Usually this time of year, we look back at the special athletes and the great moments of the year. But it's also time to look back at the offbeat sports of 2014. Enjoy.

    They're collector's items

    Moments after FSU defeated Auburn for the national title, the FSU online store offered T-shirts with Auburn winning.
  2. Jimmy Brandt wins 'Big Break Myrtle Beach' for Valspar spot


    PALM HARBOR — Jimmy Brandt has known since late June that he earned a spot in next year's Valspar Championship PGA Tour event at Innisbrook. On Tuesday night, after the final episode of the Golf Channel's Big Break Myrtle Beach aired, he could finally accept congratulations.

    Jimmy Brandt earns a sponsor’s exemption to next March’s PGA Tour event at Innisbrook.
  3. Colin Montgomerie: Rory McIlroy better than Tiger Woods ever was


    Rory McIlroy is better now than Tiger Woods ever was at his peak … well, at least according to Colin Montgomerie.

  4. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay golf teams


    Pinellas Boys Golfer of the Year: Blake Dyer, Sr., St. Petersburg

    All six Times’ golfers of the year reached the state tournament. They are, from left, St. Petersburg’s Blake Dyer, Freedom’s Terese Romeo, Sunlake’s Kelly Harris, Newsome’s Tyler Bakich, Mitchell’s Mike Spinger and Osceola’s Haydyn Gibson.
  5. Lydia Ko wins $1 million after capturing LPGA Tour finale


    NAPLES — New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko was an instant millionaire even before she went into a three-way playoff Sunday in the CME Group Tour Championship.

    Lydia Ko earns a $1M bonus on top of the $500,000 for winning in Naples.
  6. Competition gets tenser at LPGA finale


    NAPLES — Julieta Granada kept in front of a growing pack of challengers Saturday with 2-under 70 and a one-shot lead in the CME Globe Tour Championship, one part of what was shaping up as a tense conclusion to the LPGA Tour season.

  7. Michelle Wie moves into contention at LPGA finale


    NAPLES — On a tough day that only rewarded the best shots, Michelle Wie holed out for eagle on her way to 5-under 67 that moved her up high enough on the leaderboard Friday at the CME Group Tour Championship to get into position for a $1 million bonus.

  8. Stacy Lewis edges ahead in race to LPGA's $1 million bonus


    NAPLES — Stacy Lewis was three shots out of the lead Thursday and one step closer to the largest payoff in women's golf at the CME Group Tour Championship.

  9. Christina Kim wins first LPGA title in nine years


    MEXICO CITY — Christina Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title in nine years, beating Shanshan Feng in a playoff after blowing a five-stroke lead in the final round.

    Christina Kim beats Shanshan Feng in a playoff at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
  10. Christina Kim increases lead at Lorena Ochoa Invitational


    MEXICO CITY — Christina Kim shot 4-under 68 on Saturday to increase her lead to five strokes in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.



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    Wouldn't it be great to play a course made up of the best holes from our top area courses? We gave it a shot. It's called the Dream 18. Get an up-close view through a multimedia report featuring photos and descriptions of each hole as well as audio from Times staff writer Rodney Page.