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Teddy Greenstein: It already has been a wild year in golf … here are 10 things you might have missed

Let the record show that in 2019, the angry Twitter mob replaced the polite golf clap. The name Matt Kuchar became synonymous with controversy. Phil Mickelson's calves became a sensation, "backstopping" became a thing and someone decided match-play holes were no longer "halved," they were "tied."

That genius deserves eternal damnation (or at least a buried lie) in St. Andrews' "Hell Bunker."

Here's the crazy thing: The 2019 golf season has barely begun. The first major is next week. A little-bitty course in Augusta, Ga., will do the hosting.

So here's a top-10 list of all the crazy stuff that went down by April 1, no foolin':

1. Here's a tip: Don't stiff your caddie.

Kuchar ended a four-year PGA Tour drought by winning

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