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|