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MOST STIRRING SHOWDOWNS

Nothing excites golf fans more than a head-to-head tussle between two big-name players or a back-and-forth battle down the stretch that includes just about anybody. Here are blow-by-blow recaps of some of the 2005 season's best knock-down, drag-out brawls.

Event

Combatants

Opening Shot

Counterpunch

Big Swing

Knockout Blow

Ford Championsip at Doral

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

Woods eagles the 12th hole after reaching with a 300-yard three-wood

Mickelson responds with birdies at 13 and 14 to pull even

After Mickelson bogeys 16, Woods birdies 17

Phil's chip-in to tie it on 18 lips out

Masters

Tiger Woods and Chris DiMarco

DiMarco birdies the 15th hole to pull within one

On 16, Woods makes his amazing Nike-commercial birdie to go back up by two

DiMarco draws even after Tiger bogeys 17 and 18, but Chris's chip to win lips out

From almost the exact same spot, DiMarco again misses his birdie chip. Woods follows with a curling 15-footer for birdie to win

American Express Championship

Tiger Woods and John Daly

On the first playoff hole Daly blows his drive by Woods

On the second playoff hole Tiger's on in two while Daly's drive sits in the trees

Daly hits a brilliant recovery shot to 15 feet

After both miss their birdie putts, Daly's two-footer to extend the playoff misses left

Senior British Open

Tom Watson and Des Smyth

Smyth goes three under to pull even at the turn

On the third playoff hole Watson hits his approach just off the back of the green

Smyth tries to answer, but puts his ball in a greenside bunker

Watson chips to three feet, then makes the putt to win

Senior PGA Championship

Mike Reid and Jerry Pate

Reid, who came to 18 three shots behind Pate, drains an eagle putt

Pate misses his three-foot par putt

On the first playoff hole Reid hits a five-wood to the middle of the green

After Pate misses an eight-footer for birdie, Reid taps in for the win

U.S. Womens Open

Morgan Pressel and Michelle Wie

In the showdown that never materializes, Wie double-bogeys the first hole on the way to an 82

Pressel arrives at the 18th tied for the lead with Birdie Kim

From the right bunker Kim does the improbable, holing out to go up by one

A stunned Pressel misses her birdie pitch and a chance at a playoff, then two-putts to fall into a tie for second

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DAVID WALBERG (MICKELSON AND WOODS)

SIDE BY SIDE Mickelson and Woods staged a Sunday shootout at Doral.

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PHIL INGLIS/GETTY IMAGES (WATSON)

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ROBERT BECK (DIMARCO)

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DARREN CARROLL (PRESSEL)

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ERIC RISBERG/AP (DALY)