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THORNIEST CONTROVERSIES

In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, one man's controversy is another's overblown nonevent. How then does one pick golf's controversy of the year? There was no shortage of dustups to choose from, so we went with a scientific approach (sort of). We came up with 11 elements that figure into any good public brouhaha and then charted how many of those elements apply to each of 2005's contenders. We have a winner.

Controversy Recap

Senior CartsGeezers angry about Champions tour cart ban

Appearance FeesTop Tour players receive cash to play in pretournament pro-am

Monty's Bad DropColin Montgomerie gets caught improving his lie after a rain delay

SpikegateVijay and Phil feud over spiked-up greens at Augusta

Christina Kim @ Solheim Cup Excitable Cup rookie pours on the partisanship

Tiger Splits PGATwo shots out of a playoff, Woods blows off the Monday finish

Wie Debut DQTeen phenom disqualified after her illegal drop comes to light

Phil Just Says NoWorld No. 3 takes a pass on the Tour Championship

Creamer v. SorenstamRookie and superstar get heated over where Sorenstam's ball crossed a hazard

Breach of Decorum

 

Bonus (2 points)

Standard (1 point)

Bonus (2 points)

Bonus (2 points)

Double Bonus (3 points)

 

Standard (1 point)

 

Breach of Rules

 

 

Standard (1 point)

 

 

 

Standard (1 point)

 

 

Distasteful Behavior

 

 

Bonus (2 points)

Bonus (2 points)

Standard (1 point)

Standard (1 point)

 

Standard (1 point)

 

Closed-door Meetings

Standard (1 point)

Standard (1 point)

Standard (1 point)

Standard (1 point)

 

 

 

 

 

Official Sanctions

 

 

Standard (1 point)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Threat of Legal Action

Standard (1 point)

 

Standard (1 point)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personal Rancor

Standard (1 point)

Standard (1 point)

Standard (1 point)

Bonus (2 points)

Standard (1 point)

Standard (1 point)

 

 

Standard (1 point)

Chance of Fisticuffs

 

 

 

Double Bonus (3 points)

Bonus (2 points)

 

 

 

Standard (1 point)

Flight Problems

 

 

Standard (1 point)

 

 

Standard (1 point)

Standard (1 point)

Standard (1 point)

Standard (1 point)

Initiated by SI Writer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standard (1 point)

 

 

Media Frenzy

 

Standard (1 point)

Standard (1 point)

Bonus (2 points)

 

Bonus (2 points)

Double Bonus (3 points)

 

Standard (1 point)

Points

3

5

10

11

5

9

6

5

4

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DARREN CARROLL

HIDDEN BALL Wie's bad drop was big news, but was it the controversy of the year?