In a surprise, Ty Votaw announces he'll step down as LPGA commissioner at the end of the year. • Stuart Appleby wins the PGA Tour's season-opening Mercedes Championships, then rushes to Australia to be there when his wife, Ashley, gives birth to a daughter, Ella, three days later.  Michelle Wie plays in the men's Sony Open for the second time, missing the cut by seven shots.  The Champions tour kicks off its 25th season when Dana Quigley beats Tom Watson in a playoff at the MasterCard Championship.  NBC extends its contract to televise USGA championships through 2014.  Arnold Palmer marries Kathleen (Kit) Gawthrop.  Tag Ridings becomes the first Tour player to make a double eagle and two eagles in the same round, during the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. • Tiger Woods's caddie, Steve Williams, crashes during an auto race in New Zealand, injuring his left hand. Fifty stitches are required.
 John Daly joins Hootie & the Blowfish onstage to sing at a Super Bowl media reception in Jacksonville.  After opening with an 81 at the FBR Open in Scottsdale, Daly withdraws, citing illness. • Ty Tryon, 20, wins the first tournament of his pro career, a Hooters tour event in Clermont, Fla. The $11,000 first prize exceeds the $9,058 he made in 22 Nationwide tour starts in '04.  Annika Sorenstam and David Esch, married for eight years, file for divorce in Florida.  In Great Britain the Ladies' Golf Union announces that transsexuals will be allowed to enter the Women's British Open.  The day after attending a reception for his new sponsor, Grey Goose vodka, Retief Goosen oversleeps, arrives at Riviera 15 minutes late for his 6:40 a.m. pro-am tee time and is disqualified from the Nissan Open.  Storms reduce the Nissan to 36 holes and unofficial status.  Jennifer Rosales opens the LPGA season by leading wire-to-wire at the SBS Open.
December 12, 2005
 Jake Nicklaus, the 17-month-old grandson of Jack Nicklaus and the son of Steve and Krista Nicklaus, drowns in a hot tub at his house in North Palm Beach, Fla.  Ian Woosnam is named captain of the 2006 European Ryder Cup team. Nick Faldo will captain in 2008.  Tiger Woods wins an exciting final-round duel with Phil Mickelson at Doral and ends Vijay Singh's run as the No. 1--ranked player in the world after 26 weeks.  When a frustrated Pat Perez gives his ball the finger after missing putts during the final round of the Honda Classic, NBC stops showing his shots live.  Annika Sorenstam wins the Kraft Nabisco Championship to tie Nancy Lopez's record for consecutive LPGA victories with five.  Bob Tway hits four shots into the water at the 17th hole at the TPC at Sawgrass, then three-putts for a 12, breaking the Players Championship record high of 11 on that hole, set by Robert Gamez in 1990.  Pebble Beach Golf Links raises its greens fee from $395 to $425.
 The Portuguese Open, the 14th stop on the European tour, is the first tournament actually played in Europe.  Billy Casper, 73, shoots what would've been a record-high 105 in the first round of the Masters but doesn't turn in his scorecard.  Due to a rainout on Friday and a two-tee restart, Jack Nicklaus finishes his final Masters on the 9th green on Saturday.  Tiger Woods wins the Masters for a fourth time.  The USGA e-mails golf manufacturers inviting them to submit balls that would go 15 to 25 yards shorter.  Tom Kite is disqualified for the first time in 34 years on the PGA Tour for signing for a wrong score at the MCI Heritage Classic.  David Frost needs only 92 putts at the Heritage, breaking the Tour record by one.  Vijay Singh is elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame despite record-low voter support (56%).  The USGA receives a record 9,048 entries to the U.S. Open, three of them from women.
 Jim Thorpe wins the FedEx Kinko's Classic and donates the entire $247,500 first prize to his church.  Cristie Kerr takes the Michelob Ultra Open, ending Annika Sorenstam's five-tournament winning streak.  Tiger Woods misses the cut at the Byron Nelson Championship, ending his record streak of playing on the weekend in 142 consecutive starts. • Methodist College wins the NCAA Division III women's championship for the eighth straight year.  Duke dusts the field by five strokes at the women's NCAA, winning for the third time in seven years.  Paula Creamer, 18, becomes the second youngest winner in LPGA history at the Sybase Classic.  Creamer graduates from high school.  Mike Reid drives the hour from Ligonier, Pa., to Indiana, Pa., to tour the Jimmy Stewart Museum after the second round of the Senior PGA Championship.  Reid wins the Senior PGA.
 While Georgia runs away with the NCAA team title, James Lepp of Washington shoots a 63, the lowest final-round score since 1965, then edges Michael Putnam of Pepperdine in a playoff.  After 20 years and 204 Tour starts Bart Bryant, 42, wins for the second time, at the Memorial.  A Florida jury finds Learjet not liable for the 1999 crash that killed Payne Stewart and five others.  Annika Sorenstam keeps alive her Grand Slam bid with a three-shot victory over Michelle Wie in the McDonald's LPGA Championship.  Wie becomes the first female to make the field in a USGA men's championship at U.S. Public Links qualifying.  Caroyln Vesper Bivens is named commissioner of the LPGA.  Michael Campbell becomes the first player from New Zealand to win the U.S. Open.  Masters chairman Hootie Johnson says that, among other changes at Augusta National, the par-3 4th hole will be stretched to 240 yards.
 Shinnecock Hills, named in a lawsuit in which the Shinnecock Nation seeks compensation for land--including the course--that the tribe says was stolen from it, removes the Indian headdress from the club logo.  Michelle Wie drops three strokes on the last four holes to miss the cut at the John Deere Classic.  The Royal Bank of Scotland issues a ¬£5 note commemorating Jack Nicklaus and his last British Open appearance.  In the quarterfinals of the Publinks, Clay Ogden birdies four of the first five holes to eliminate Wie.  Tiger Woods goes wire-to-wire in the British Open to become the youngest player to win all four majors twice.  Dana Quigley's streak of 264 straight senior starts ends when he misses the Senior British Open.  Ernie Els has surgery to repair a left knee ligament injured while sailing.  Arnold Palmer misses the Senior Open cut and says that this, his 62nd USGA championship, is his last.
 Royal Montreal, the oldest club in North America, lands the 2007 Presidents Cup. • Jason Gore eagles the final green to shoot a 12-under 59 in the Nationwide Cox Classic.  Gore closes with a 63, then beats Roger Tambellini in a playoff to win the Cox, his third Nationwide victory, and is promoted to the PGA Tour. • U.S. Open runner-up Morgan Pressel wins the U.S. Women's Amateur.  Great Britain's streak of three Walker Cup victories ends with a 121/2--111/2 U.S. win.  Phil Mickelson chips close for an easy birdie on the 72nd hole to win the PGA.  There are seven drives of more than 400 yards during the NEC Invitational, including blasts of 408, 412 and 427 by Stuart Appleby.  Edoardo Molinari of Italy makes seven birdies in 15 holes during the U.S. Amateur final to become the first European winner since Harold Hilton in 1911.  The USGA allows amateurs to accept reimbursement for expenses to play in a competition.
 Transsexual Mianne Bagger, a rookie on the Ladies European tour, makes her first cut after 12 starts, at the Nykredit Masters.  An hour after the U.S. victory in the Solheim Cup, Meg Mallon, 42, is treated for a racing heartbeat.  David Toms collapses at the 84 Lumber Classic and is also treated for a racing heart.  Mike Holder, Oklahoma State's golf coach for 32 years, is named the school's athletic director.  Jason Gore wins the 84 Lumber. The first prize of $792,000 is nearly double his career earnings before 2005.  Martha Burk, who famously took on Augusta National for its men-only membership, says she'll step down as head of the National Council of Women's Organizations.  Chris DiMarco sinks a 13-footer for birdie on the final hole to clinch the Presidents Cup for the U.S., its first team victory since 2000.  The USGA and R&A say that distance-measuring devices are O.K. for competition.
 Michelle Wie turns pro and donates $500,000 to hurricane relief.  Jay Haas closes with a 65 to win the Greater Hickory Classic on the Champions tour, his first victory since the 1993 Texas Open.  The R&A says women may enter the British Open.  Wie apparently ties for fourth at the Samsung World Championship and wins $53,126, but officials, having been alerted to the possible infraction by SI writer Michael Bamberger, disqualify her for taking an incorrect drop the day before.  The PGA of America promotes Joe Steranka to CEO.  Colin Montgomerie claims a record eighth Euro tour money title.
 PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem unveils the FedEx Cup, a seasonlong points race, starting in 2007, that culminates in four big tournaments in September.  Jeff Hart finishes first on Tour in driving accuracy by .001% over Fred Funk, who would've been first for an eighth time if he had hit one more fairway in the year's final event.  Tiger Woods becomes the first six-time winner of the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average.  Jack Nicklaus is one of 14 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil award.  David Toms undergoes a five-hour operation at the Mayo Clinic to correct a rapid heartbeat.  Annika Sorenstam racks up her 10th victory of the year and the 66th of her career, at the LPGA's season-ending ADT Championship.  Funk plays the 3rd hole of the Skins Game in a pink skirt after being outdriven by Sorenstam.  Funk wins a nine-hole carryover to win a Skins-record $925,000.
 Ai Miyazato, 20, of Japan finishes first at the LPGA Q school by a record 12 shots. U.S. Women's Open runners-up Brittany Lang and Morgan Pressel also earn cards.  John B. Holmes takes the men's Q school. Bill Haas, son of Jay, makes his card on the number.  Woods turns 30.