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The 10 Biggest Golf Stories of 2012

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The 10 Biggest Golf Stories of 2012
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Captain Jose Maria Olazabal and the Europeans retained the Ryder Cup

Golf fans witnessed another exciting year of golf in 2012.

Certainly the European Ryder Cup Team overcoming a four-point deficit on Sunday to retain the cup will be remembered for years to come.

Tiger Woods got back to the winner's circle this year and won three PGA Tour events.

Rory McIlroy won the Honda Classic, two FedEx Cup Playoff tournaments, the PGA Championship and has a firm grasp on the No. 1 spot on the Official World Golf Rankings. 

Ernie Els captured his second Claret Jug and Bubba Watson got a new Green Jacket for his wardrobe.

Webb Simpson won the U.S. Open at Olympic Golf Club using an anchored putter. The USGA and The R&A made a major announcement that has stirred up a firestorm in the golf world. Was this a knee-jerk reaction to Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els winning three of last five majors with the anchored stroke?

Stacy Lewis is on her way up and Yani Tseng appears to be trending down on the LPGA.

Staid and conservative Augusta National even made a few headlines in 2012.

Here is a listing of the year's biggest stories in golf over the last 12 months.

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