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The Ryder Cup was postponed in its aftermath, tournaments on every major tour were cancelled, and the country including the games it plays was so profoundly impacted by the Setpember 11th terrorist attacks, it tops the list of the biggest story in golf in Golf World's Newsmakers 2001 rankings.

Phil Mickelson is the No. 2 Newsmaker and Tiger Woods is No. 3. While Tiger won five tournaments, including The Masters, "Mickelson generated more electricity in 2001," writes Senior Writer John Hawkins. "He made things interesting. He chased Woods harder than anyone and figured into the plot on almost every important Sunday, flirting with greatness the way Icarus encroached on the sun."

Also, Mickelson "was in the news all year," adds Hawkins. "First as an outspoken proponent of Titleist's new golf ball, then as the ill-fated pursuer of golf's major championships, then as the man who turned Las Vegas into his personal ATM. All the while, Phil Mickelson played some brilliant golf".

Rounding out the top ten of the biggest golf Newsmakers of 2001 are the Titleist Pro V1 (No.4), Annika Sorenstam (No. 5), changes to Augusta National (No. 6), nonconforming drivers (No.7), Tiger's "Grand Slam" (No. 8), David Duval (No. 9), and the Senior PGA Tour (No.10).

Some of the highlights of the Newsmakers 2001 ranking include: Ely Callaway (No. 18), The Claw (No. 23), PGA Tour TV deal (No. 28), Lady Precept (No. 33), Morgan Pressel (No. 35), Shingo Katayama (No. 52), George W. Bush (No. 53), automated external defibrillators (No.68), Charles Sifford (No. 80), Pacific Dunes (No. 92), Bill Clinton (No. 97).

Taken from a Golf Digest release
Andrew Katcher, 212-286-3874, Andrew.katcher@golfdigest.com http://golfdigest.com

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