The PGA Tour is three events into its Fall Series, a stretch of seven tournaments that has more meaning to players hovering near 150 on the money list than to those with higher rankings. The top 150 earn playing cards for 2009. So with all the major tournaments complete, as well as the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup, here is a look at 10 memorable events from the 2008 season.
1. Tiger vs. Rocco
Why it makes the list: It was the defining moment of the season. Tiger Woods, hobbling on a sore left knee all week, drained a 12-footer for birdie on the 18th hole Sunday at the U.S. Open in San Diego to force a tie with 45-year-old Rocco Mediate, who had done very little all season. The Monday playoff went 19 holes before Woods finally defeated Mediate. Shortly after that June 16 victory, his 14th major title, Woods had surgery, and his season was over.
2. Boo and the Ryder Cup
Why it makes the list: Things can get nerve-racking in the Ryder Cup, but fans were introduced to lighthearted Boo Weekley during three September days in Louisville, Ky. He kept the U.S. team loose, especially while riding his golf club like a horse down the first fairway in a singles match. The Americans beat the Europeans 161/2-111/2 for their first win since 1999.
3. Ryuji breaks through
Why it makes the list: Ryuji Imada, who lives in Tampa, won his first PGA event May 18 at the AT&T Classic in Duluth, Ga. He defeated Kenny Perry in a playoff. Imada had banged around the Nationwide Tour and been on the PGA Tour for three-plus years before winning.
4. What a year for Perry
Why it makes the list: Kenny Perry, 48, clearly didn't let his loss to Ryuji Imada ruin his season. He has had one of the best years of his career, winning three times and earning a coveted spot on the Ryder Cup team, which meant he got to play in his home state, Kentucky. Perry was 2-1-1 in the Cup, and he called the event the highlight of his career.
Score: Birdie 5. FedEx Cup playoff
Why it makes the list: The four-tournament playoff idea still needs work. The Tour Championship is supposed to be the finale of the season, and of the FedEx Cup playoff, with 30 of the best players vying for the championship. But by virtue of two straight FedEx Cup wins, Vijay Singh had won the playoff before the Tour Championship was played. Camilo Villegas won the final meaningful tournament and finished second in the playoff. The last FedEx Cup event should hold the most drama.
6. Tiger's injury
Why it makes the list: The torn ACL and stress facture in his left leg were bad for Tiger Woods, and they were especially bad for golf. Fans were denied watching Woods play in the final two majors, as well as the FedEx Cup playoff. Golf ratings also went down with Woods out. That's not his fault, but golf is clearly better off with Woods on the course.
7. Harrington wins two majors
Why it makes the list: So who would step up with Tiger Woods out? Padraig Harrington, for one. He won the British Open and the PGA Championship. This would have been a great season for the Irishman had he done a little better (0-3-1) in the Ryder Cup.
8. Norman at the British Open
He is 53 years old and hadn't been on the golf scene in quite a while. But there was Greg Norman, on top of the leaderboard after three rounds. He ballooned to 77 on Sunday and finished tied for third, but it was fun while it lasted.
9. Daly's circus at the PODS
Golf was an afterthought for John Daly at this year's PODS Championship at Innisbrook. During a rain delay Thursday, he spent several hours in the Hooters hospitality tent, then emerged with Bucs coach Jon Gruden as his caddie. The next week, swing coach Butch Harmon fired Daly, and he was disqualified from the Arnold Palmer Invitational for missing a pro-am.
Score: Double bogey
10. Immelman wins the Masters
Trevor Immelman will be the answer to a trivia question for years to come. He shot 3-over 75 on Sunday but still beat Tiger Woods by three shots. It was his only win in 22 events played this year, but it was a big one.
Final score: Par