The Best of Golf in 2013

The Best of Golf in 2013

There were many great moments and events that happened in the world of golf in 2013.  Naturally with the Best comes the Worst, and there are some of both that need to be pointed out again because they stuck out to us.  Hope you enjoy

The Best of Golf in 2013

—Mr. 59!—

Jim Furyk pulled it off and became the sixth PGA golfer in history to shoot the amazing 59.  But before we tell you any more about that lets look at a couple other golfers who were very close to hitting that super low score of 59.

Phil Mickelson, a man that is as synonymous with the Waste Management Open as caddie races, opened his bid for a third Phoenix Open title on Thursday at TPC Scottsdale as on fire as a golfer can be.

Mickelson had basically the entire crowd in Scottsdale following his every move as he made his way to his back nine, and he got to the par-4 9th hole needing a birdie to post that magical number.

The fan favorite hit an incredible putt, the ball looked like it was destined for history, but it caught the lip, and pulled a 180 degree loop back his way.  That’s golf and that’s also ‘just’ a 60 for Phil Mickelson.

Tiger Woods is not a man that we expect to be outdone by Mickelson, and a few months later, at Firestone, got himself into the 59 conversation with an incredible second round at the Bridgestone Invitational.

Woods settled for a 61, but even that had some drama, with Woods rolling in a lengthy par putt on the 18th green to post that number and eventually win the golf tournament.

Furyk, of course, was able to pull off the shot he needed to join this elite club at the BMW Championship. The former U.S. Open champion played his opening nine holes at 8-under, and added to that total with birdies on three of his next four holes.

It all came down to his final hole, the par-4 9th, with Furyk needing a birdie for the 59, and he simply stuffed a wedge to almost gimmie range for the birdie and history.

All three rounds were exactly an indication of the confidence, and game, needed to go extremely low, and while the two biggest names couldn’t pull off what Furyk did, both Mickelson at the Waste Management and Tiger at Firestone were two of the most exciting days in non-major events all year.

So that was really awesome and came close for a few players.  It is something that doesn’t happen to often but we will shorten it up from here for some more of the Best of 2013.

—Stacy Lewis at St. Andrews—

Lewis hit one of the best golf shots in the history of the Old Course, a 5-iron to three feet on the toughest hole on the property, setting up a birdie-birdie finish that hardly ever happens on the Old.

Lewis won the Women’s British Open by two shots, but it was that 5-iron on the 71st hole that we will remember for years to come and one of the best shots of the year in all of golf.

—Henrick Stenson’s 2013 season—

He is the first person to ever win the PGA and European Tour in the same year.  Enough said.

—Inbee Park wins 3 straight Majors—

Park started her quest at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, shooting 15-under and winning by four shots. She added a second straight at the LPGA Championship, beating Catriona Matthew in a playoff, and her third in a row came at the U.S Women’s Open, again winning by four shots even with a final round 74.

—Adam Scott wins 2013 Masters—

Scott was steady all day on Sunday, but he got to the 72nd hole needing a birdie to give himself a one-shot lead with Cabrera in the fairway behind him, and while his second shot found the right tier, it was a tough birdie putt that we had seen missed all day. Scott got caddie Steve Williams, a man that knows a thing or two about winning majors, to read the putt, he hit it brilliantly and the ball found the bottom of the cup. Scott’s reaction was not only one of the best of the year, but one of the best we’ve ever seen on that final green at Augusta, and it looked like he would win the Masters in regulation if Cabrera couldn’t answer with a birdie.

Cabrera did, sticking his approach to just a couple of feet, rolling in the birdie putt and setting up a playoff between a guy calmly looking for a third major and a guy hoping to join that illustrious club.

We all know what happened after that. The two both made par on the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th, and then went to the par-4 10th hole, the same spot that Bubba Watson had hit the shot of the year a season ago from well right of the fairway to win his first major in a playoff against Louis Oosthuizen.

Scott hit a precise second shot, leaned on the green-reading of Williams once more, and rolled in the birdie putt for the win and another priceless reaction.

It was an incredible moment for Scott, for Australian and for the game of golf, who landed a worthy major champion and someone that most think will add more to his legacy before he ends his career.

—Phil Mickelson wins The British Open—

The entire tournament was really great.  And it wasn’t one of those that the leader had a lead and kept the lead to win.  This was a history making comeback for the win.  Mickelson called the last round one of the greatest rounds of his career, and considering the moment, and the golf tournament, it has to be one of the best final rounds in Open history.

—Tiger the winner—

Tiger Woods won 5 PGA Tournaments in 2013 and that has to be listed because most people don’t win that many tournaments in a golf career.

Well we sure can’t wait to see what 2014 brings.  There is a lot of uncertainty but one thing is certain.  Some great golf will be played and the fans of golf will have reasons to cheer.

Did Real Golf Talk miss one of your favorite moments in the world of golf in 2013?  If so we are sorry because there were quite a few.  Let us know about your favorite in the comments section below.

Have a great day, and if possible Go Play Golf!

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