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Friday 25 July 2014

Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwod, Phil Mickelson...golf's best players in 2010

1 Martin Kaymer
The super-cool German is a shoo-in for World Player of the Year. Kaymer (25) won the first of what should be several majors at August's US PGA, following up with victory in his next two Tour events. He is a worthy Race to Dubai champion and is the most potent threat to Lee Westwood as world No 1.
2 Graeme McDowell
After a year of astonishing achievement, in which he became the first European since Tony Jacklin in 1970 to win the US Open, McDowell (pictured) pushed Kaymer all the way down in Dubai last weekend and now will press him for European Tour Player of the Year. G-Mac has three Tour victories in 2010 to the German's four but his talismanic Ryder Cup performance must give the selection committee food for thought.
10 Dustin Johnson
Two days before his 26th birthday, Johnson led by three going into the final round of the US Open at Pebble Beach, where he'd won back-to-back at the AT&T National Pro-Am. Yet he'd endure a meltdown in the first three holes that Sunday, shooting 82. Then a tragic two-stroke penalty on the 18th cost him a place in sudden-death at the US PGA after he'd grounded his club in a ‘bunker' trampled by spectators. If there's a god of golf, Johnson must win a major soon.

After an extraordinary 12 months on the world’s fairways and greens, Karl MacGinty picks his winners and losers from the golfing year of 2010.

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