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February 23, 2011

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Best Performance In A Crying Scene: Steve Stricker

Getting all weepy-eyed when winning a major championship isn't a big deal (even Tiger has shed a tear or two), but breaking down over winning the John Deere Classic? The Strick Show's waterworks always appear genuine, so we have to wonder: What will his reaction be like if he ever breaks through with a big one? Will a squeegee be needed to clean up the mess?

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Best Cameo: Fred Couples

At 51, Boom Boom plays most of his golf on the Champions Tour. However, it shouldn't have shocked anyone when Freddie stole the show by hanging with the young crowd on the PGA Tour at Riviera, a venue where he's had plenty of success in his career. Don't be surprised to see him make the most of his role at the Masters as well.

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Best Stage Name: Jhonny Vegas

The Venezuelan's handle seems straight out of a bad action movie's script, but his performance thus far in his rookie season on the PGA Tour has been anything but disappointing. Vegas won the Bob Hope Classic in his second start and his flamboyant and gambling style of play couldn't suit his name any better.

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Most Unlikely Leading Man: Mark Wilson

Coming into this year, Wilson had one-and-a-half career PGA Tour titles (Sorry, the Mayakoba Classic doesn't count as a full one). Yet the diminutive Wisconsin native won two of his first three starts of the season to move into the top spot in the FedEx Cup standings. Already a career year, we'll have to wait to see just how good 2011 winds up being for "Little Cheese."

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Best Child Actor: Matteo Manassero

The 17-year-old Italian continues to play well beyond his years. Most recently, he knocked off No. 2 seed Steve Stricker, a man 27 years his senior, in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. In October, Manasseo, who is on our list of golf's all-time biggest phenoms, became the youngest player to ever win a European Tour event.

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Best Child Actress: Alexis Thompson

She turned pro before she could get a driver's license and now that she's 16, she's moved onto beating the boys at mini-tour eventsas she works around an LPGA-imposed limited schedule. But there's nothing childlike about her driving distance on the course, as Thompson amazingly averages more than 280 yardsoff the tee.

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Best Golf-Related Movie Title: "The King's Speech"

We could be talking about the Oscar-nominated tale of Britain's King George VI overcoming a speech impediment, or maybe we're referring to some grand proclamation made by golfing royalty Arnold Palmer. A close second would be "The Social Network," an account of the Twitter battle between Stewart Cink and Ian Poulter.

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Best Dramatic Performance: Tiger Woods

Woods had been in golf's leading role since turning pro in 1997. This year, he's taken on a new character: Struggling Golfer. Tiger has teased us with some good playsince his return from a self-imposed break from the game, but overall, his results have been unusually poor. If this keeps up, he will soon morph into the more sympathetic role of underdog.

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America's Sweetheart: Paula Creamer

Actress Julia Roberts seems to have had a hold on this unofficial title for awhile, but in the golf world, the "Pink Panther" gets the nod. The All-American girl is super talented, easy on the eyes, and apparently loves to bake, as evidenced by a recent Golf Digest photo shoot.

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Best Short Film: Ben Crane

Crane has long been known as a slow, but very solid golfer. Now, though, it's tough to picture him and not think of him getting in a good workout with the snake shaker (left). Crane's hilarious exercise videocaught a lot of people by surprise, but it should shock no one that he wins this award.

Best Costumes: Rickie Fowler

Is he trying to look like a human traffic cone or a crossing guard with this look? No, Fowler's orange get-up simply comes from his love for his alma mater, Oklahoma State. He also pulls off similar outfits in blue, green and pink. We just kid the young star because we can. He recently joined the Golf Digest staff, but don't worry, he's not our new fashion editor.

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Best Action Scene: Phil Mickelson

With the Masters in his grasp, Mickelson decided to go for the green from the pine needles on Augusta's 13th hole and pulled off what could go down as the most famous shot of his career to all but wrap up a third green jacket. Of course, his near three eagles in a row during Saturday's third round wasn't bad, either.

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