2010 Pictures of the Year\nWe present 18 images that capture the essence of an exciting season\nAugusta Mission\n\nPhil Mickelson fires his second shot on No. 13 during the final round of the Masters. He would birdie the hole on his way to claiming his third green jacket by three shots.\nUn-bunkered\n\nLouis Oosthuizen avoids the sand traps in the final round of the British Open at the Old Course. The South African cruised to an unlikely seven-shot victory.\nEuro Champ\n\nGraeme McDowell seals the deal for the Europeans in his Ryder Cup singles match versus Hunter Mahan at Celtic Manor.\nThe Pink Panther Peaks\n\nPaula Creamer celebrates after winning her first major championship: the U.S. Women's Open at Oakmont Country Club.\nChamber Music\n\nAlex Ching hits out of the sand during the second round of match play at the U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay. The event was the golfing public's first chance to see the public course that will host the 2015 U.S. Open.\nInto the twilight\n\nTom Watson, a five-time winner of the claret jug, bids adieu to his fans after playing his final British Open at St. Andrews.\nVictory Roar\n\nRory McIlroy thrills the gallery in the final round of the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte, N.C. The young star shot a closing 62 to claim his first PGA Tour title.\nOff The Beaten Path\n\nTiger Woods and fans follow his shot out of the rough during the second round of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Woods would finish T-28 to complete a disappointing year at the majors.\nTaking a dustin'\n\nDustin Johnson blasts out of a somewhat-disguised bunker on the 72nd hole of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. After bogeying the hole to get into a playoff, he was disqualified for grounding his club before hitting this shot.\nOverseas Destination\n\nJapanese teen sensation Ryo Ishikawa hits a tee shot during the third round of the U.S. Open at scenic Pebble Beach.\nGet in line\n\nRyan Palmer plays a shot on the 17th hole during the third round of the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. Palmer won the PGA Tour season's first full-field event, the third victory of his career.\nEasy does it\n\nErnie Els tees off on ninth hole the during the final round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Els flirted with winning his first major since 2002 before finishing two shots behind Graeme McDowell.\nCrouching Tiger\n\nTiger Woods watches his approach shot to the 18th green during the third round of the U.S. Open. Woods shot a 31 on the back nine Saturday, but couldn't keep the momentum going on Sunday, finishing in a tie for fourth place.\nI spy\n\nPhil Mickelson hits a shot on the 15th tee as a volunteer looks on during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida.\nUp against the wall\n\nMiguel Angel Jimenez gets creative for his fourth shot on St. Andrew's famed 17th hole during the third round of the Britisih Open.\nGetting a leg up on the competition\n\nBernhard Langer celebrates after ending the third round of the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee Country Club with a birdie. Langer would hold off hometown hero Fred Couples the next day to win his second Champions Tour major in as many weeks.\nMake that a double latte with extra froth\n\nAn aerial view of the 7th hole at the Pebble Beach Golf Links from the MetLife airship Snoopy II during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links.\nKeep your eye on the ball\n\nTiger woods shanks a chip shot at the Ryder Cup straight at Mark Pain, photographer for The Mail. Pain doesn't flinch as the ball first hits his camera and then his chest, but his bravery is rewarded with a truly unique image. At the far right of the picture is the fan simply known as "Cigar Guy," who would become a viral sensation.