It's not difficult to identify the most unpleasant surprise of 2014 in the world of golf: Tiger Woods spending three months on the shelf after back surgery.
In Woods' absence, however, there were pleasant surprises aplenty, including one notable off-course shocker related to a certain world No. 1.
In ranking the entries on the list, we're looking at two elements: the surprise factor and the pleasantness factor.
Let's have a look at the most pleasant surprises of the year in golf thus far.