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Newsmakers Of The Year

Taking stock of 2012 by counting down the year's 25 biggest stories

December 2012
Jim Furyk

Golfers lose much more often than they win, and even the greats are on a first-name basis with disappointment. But some defeats are harder than others for the player who has let triumph slip from his grasp and more riveting for those watching it happen. I.K. Kim, say hello to Kyle Stanley. Jim Furyk, you better believe Adam Scott knows what you're talking about. So, even, does Tiger Woods. We could say we don't like to watch when someone is throwing away a trophy, but that would be a lie. The fascination with whether someone can close, or not, has endured throughout the game's lengthy competitive arc, from gutta percha to urethane, hickory to graphite. And the fascination is there because the challenge is.
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