February 3, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Phil Mickelson walks up the eighteenth hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.
Event: Tour Championship Site: East Lake Golf Course, Atlanta, Ga. Dates: Sept. 19-22 Winner's scores: 64, 66, 69, 68 The skinny: Henrik Stenson capped off the best three months of his career with a command performance in the final round of the Tour Championship. With a birdie to thwart a late charge by Jordan Spieth, followed by three pars from the sand, the 37-year-old Swede closed with a 2-under-par 68 for a three-shot victory to capture the FedEx Cup.
Event: BMW Championship Site: Conway Farms Golf Club at Lake Forest, Ill. Dates: Sept. 12-16 Winner's scores: 64-70-69-65 — 268, 16 under The skinny: Jim Furyk tied the PGA Tour record with a 59 in the second round, but he was unable to hold onto the lead as the tournament carried over to Monday because of rain. Johnson birdied two of his final three holes to win by two strokes and collect his 10th PGA Tour victory. Furyk and Johnson were among the 30 players who advanced to the Tour Championship, the final event of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Event: Deutsche Bank Championship Site: TPC Boston at Norton, Mass. Dates: Aug. 30-Sept. 2 Winner's scores: 67-63-66-66 — 262, 22 under The skinny: After a summer full of near-misses, Stenson put it all together at TPC Boston and brought home the trophy. Even better, he moves to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings and assured himself of a shot at the $10 million prize. Oh yeah, that -22 total after four rounds ties the tournament record. If you've got to work on Labor Day, that's the way to do it.
Event: The Barclays Site: Liberty National Golf Club at Jersey City, N.J. Dates: Aug. 22-25 Winner's scores: 69-66-72-66 — 273, 11 under The skinny: See that grin Scott is sporting in the trophy ceremony? That's because he got away with one. He said he didn't think he had posted a number good enough to hold off the late finishers Sunday (including co-runner-up Tiger Woods), but indeed he had. He won by a stroke over Woods, Justin Rose and two others in the opening event of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Scott's victory lifted him to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind Woods.
Event: Wyndham Championship Site: Sedgefield Country Club at Greensboro, NC Dates: Aug. 15-18 Winner's scores: 65-64-71-66—266, 14 under The skinny: With his wife, Justine, at his side as his caddie, Reed defeated wunderkind Jordan Spieth on the second playoff hole to earn his first PGA Tour victory. The win was set up by a remarkable second shot out of the rough — heck, out of the forest — to within 7 feet of the pin. His 7-iron shot had to dodge several trees, and his lie was so far above his stance that Reed likened his swing to a baseball swing.
Event: PGA Championship Site: Oak Hill Country Club at Pittsford, NY Dates: Aug. 8-11 Winner's scores: 68-63-71-68—270, 10 under The skinny: En route to his first major championship, Dufner set a PGA Championship record with his 63 in the second round. He got the best of Jim Furyk in a one-on-one Sunday battle to prevail by two strokes, even with bogeys on the final two holes. Dufner redeemed himself for 2011, when he reached the 15th hole on Sunday with a four-stroke lead in the PGA Championship, only to lose in a playoff to Keegan Bradley.
Event: Bridgestone Invitational Site: Firestone CC-South Course at Akron, Ohio Dates: Aug. 1-4 Winner's scores: 66-61-68-70—265, 15 under The skinny: Tiger essentially won the Bridgestone in the second round with a 9-under-par 61. He played conservatively after that and never allowed anyone to challenge his lead. He parred 16 holes in the final round and dominated the field, winning by 15 strokes for his fifth title of 2013. The victory is Tiger's eighth at the Bridgestone, matching his own PGA Tour record for most wins in a single tournament.
Event: Reno-Tahoe Open Site: Montreux Golf and Country Club at Reno, Nevada Dates: August 1-4 Winner's scores: 14-7-16-7 — +44, modified Stableford format The skinny: Gary Woodland looked to be in danger of giving away his momentum on the 14th hole, when he nearly lost his ball amid sagebrush and pine needles. But Woodland got out of that and managed to chip in from 58 feet away for a birdie, and it was smooth sailing from there. The victory was Woodland's second on the PGA Tour and it earned him a spot in the PGA Championship.
Event: RBC Canadian Open Site: Glen Abbey Golf Club at Oakville, Ontario Dates: July 25-28 Winner's scores: 70-69-63-70—272, 16 under The skinny: Snedeker won clear by three strokes for his second PGA Tour victory of the year and the sixth of his career. But he acknowledged a debt of gratitude to Kandi Mahan. She went into labor a month earlier than expected with her husband, Hunter Mahan, holding the midpoint tournament lead. Hunter Mahan chose to fly home for the birth of daughter Zoe, and Snedeker took over the tournament. "Zoe will be getting a very nice baby gift from me," Snedeker quipped.
Event: British Open Site: Muirfield Golf Links at East Lothian, Scotland Dates: July 18-21 Winner's scores: 69-74-72-66—281, 3 under The skinny: Mickelson entered the final round lurking five shots behind leader Lee Westwood. Mickelson came through with one of the best rounds of his career. While everyone around him faded, Lefty shot a 66 — the lowest score in the final round field and tied for the lowest score in any round of the tournament. He ended up being the only golfer below par, beating second-place finisher Henrik Stenson by three strokes.
Event: Sanderson Farms Championship Site: Annandale Golf Club at Madison, Miss. Dates: July 18-21 Winner's scores: 69-65-67-67—268, 20 under The skinny: The 49-year-old Austin managed to turn back time, consistently performing well in a tournament full of low scores. He entered a three-man playoff Cameron Beckman and Daniel Summerhays, and hit an 8-foot birdie on the first playoff hole to clinch his first PGA Tour win since 2007. Austin hadn't even made a tour cut this year, let alone been in contention. His win made him the eighth-oldest tournament winner in PGA history.
Event: John Deere Classic Site: TPC Deere Run at Silvis, Ill. Dates: July 11-14 Winner's scores: 70-65-65-65 — 265, 19 under The skinny: The shot of the tournament came on the 72nd hole, when the 19-year-old Spieth managed to chip in from the bunker for a birdie to force his way into a three-man playoff with Zach Johnson and David Hearn. The three tied through four playoff holes, with Hearn missing a 5-foot putt along the way that would have won it. Spieth made the most of that, finishing things off on the fifth playoff hole thanks to an excellent approach shot from the rough. He sank a putt to win the tournament, becoming the first teenager to win a PGA Tour event in 82 years.
Event: Greenbrier Classic Site: The Old White TPC at White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Dates: July 4-7 Winner's scores: 66-67-67-67—267, 13 under The skinny: As the scores above indicate, Blixt was remarkably consistent throughout the week. That steadiness paid off on Sunday as the leaders faltered and Blixt rose from four shots back to finish two strokes clear of a group of four. It was his second career victory but his first top-10 finish of 2013.
Event: AT&T National Site: Congressional Country Club at Bethesda, Md. Dates: June 27-30 Winner's scores: 70-68-68-66—272, 12 under The skinny: Haas (pictured accepting the winner's trophy from tournament host Tiger Woods) was in a crowded pack of contenders in the final round until he birdied the eighth, ninth and 10th holes to pull away. He prevailed by three strokes over Roberto Castro. Haas has won at least one PGA Tour event in each of the past four seasons.
Event: Travelers Championship Site: TPC River Highlands at Cromwell, Conn. Dates: June 20-23 Winner's scores: 69-68-65-66—268, 12 under The skinny: Duke earned his first PGA Tour victory at age 44, in his 187th start on the circuit. He prevailed in a playoff with Chris Stroud on the second extra hole. Stroud had forced the playoff with a 51-foot chip-in on the 18th hole. Duke, who turned pro in 1994, got a bit of help en route to victory. An errant approach at No. 10 on Sunday hit a tree and bounced back onto the green within 5 feet of the cup, allowing Duke to make a birdie putt.
Event: US Open Site: Merion Golf Club at Ardmore, Pa. Dates: June 13-16 Winner's scores: 71-69-71-70—281, 1 over par The skinny: Rose captured his first major championship at the US Open with remarkable calm and three pure shots on the punishing closing holes at Merion. A par on the 18th hole gave him an even-par 70, and that was good enough to become the first Englishman in 43 years to win America's national championship.
Event: FedEx St. Jude Classic Site: TPC Southwind at Memphis, Tenn. Dates: June 6-9 Winner's scores: 66-64-69-69—268, 12 under The skinny: In his second year on tour, the 23-year-old English survived a final round where he had six birdies and five bogeys to land his first PGA Tour victory.
Event: The Memorial Tournament Site: Muirfield Village Golf Course at Dublin, Ohio Dates: May 30-June 2 Winner's scores: 68-70-70-68—276, 12 under The skinny: Kuchar was remarkably steady through all four rounds of the Memorial, never shooting worse than 70 in a round. He was in control for much of the final round and held off a late charge to beat Kevin Chappell by two strokes. The win gave Kuchar his second of the year, marking the first multi-win year of his career. He joined Tiger Woods as the only PGA Tour golfers with more than one win so far in the season.
Event: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Site: Colonial Country Club at Fort Worth, Texas Dates: May 23-26 Winner's scores: 67-67-66-66—266, 14 under The skinny: Weekley hung around all weekend and started hot in the final round, hitting four birdies on the first nine. He passed Matt Kuchar, who led for two rounds, during that span. Weekley then held on to end the day, hitting four straight pars to beat Kuchar — who birdied on 18 — by one stroke.
Event: HP Byron Nelson Championship Site: TPC Four Seasons Resort at Irving, Texas Dates: May 16-19 Winner's scores: 66-66-66-69—267, 13 under The skinny: Bae beat former champion Keegan Bradley by two strokes to earn his first career PGA Tour title. The 26-year-old South Korean opened a four-shot lead with four birdies in a five-hole stretch. However, Bradley, who set a course record with a 60 in the opening round, briefly caught Bae on the 15th hole, but Bae overcame the windy conditions to finish strong and win the $1.2 million purse.
Event: The Players Championship Site: TPC Sawgrass at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Dates: May 9-12 Winner's scores: 67-67-71-70—275, 13 under The skinny: Woods claimed the 78th PGA Tour victory of his career, two strokes clear of a group of three golfers. Woods and Sergio Garcia were tied with two holes to play, but Woods recorded a pair of pars while Garcia put three balls into the water. Woods recorded his fourth victory of 2013 and won The Players for the first time since 2001. He joined Fred Couples, Davis Love III and Steve Elkington as the only two-time winners at TPC Sawgrass. Woods moved within four wins of Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour victories.
Event: Wells Fargo Championship Site: Quail Hollow at Charlotte, NC Dates: May 2-5 Winner's scores: 67-71-72-70—280, 8 under The skinny: The 22-year-old rookie birdied the 18th hole to force a playoff and beat David Lynn on the first extra hole. The bigger story, though, was Phil Mickelson's collapse. Lefty carried a one-shot lead with three holes to play but bogeyed both the 16th and 17th holes. He would have joined the playoff, but he missed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th. It was Ernst's ninth PGA Tour event.
Event: Zurich Classic Site: TPC Louisiana at Avondale, La. Dates: April 25-28 Winner's scores: 67-71-66-64—275, 20 under The skinny: Horschel began the final round two shots back of leader Lucas Glover but was a birdie-making machine on Sunday while earning his first PGA Tour win. Horschel rattled off six straight birdies during one stretch as he outlasted D.A. Points by one stroke. Play was halted for 50 minutes because of rain before Horschel could hit his second shot from the fairway on the 18th hole. The win netted him $1.19 million and a two-year exemption on tour.
Event: RBC Heritage Site: Harbour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head Island, SC Dates: April 18-21 Winner's scores: 71-67-68-69—275, 9 under The skinny: McDowell prevailed over Webb Simpson in a heavyweight playoff featuring two US Open champions. A par on the first extra hole was good enough to give McDowell his first PGA Tour win since his 2010 US Open triumph. In fact, it was only his second PGA Tour win. (He has six European Tour titles.) McDowell rallied from four strokes off the lead to start the day, as third-round leader Charley Hoffman faltered on Sunday with a 77. McDowell was a week late for a green jacket, but he did pick up a nifty plaid jacket for the win.
Event: The Masters Site: Augusta National Golf Club at Augusta, Ga. Dates: April 11-14 Winner's scores: 69-72-69-69—279, 9 under The skinny: Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters, earning his first major championship in the process. He defeated Angel Cabrera on the second playoff hole after Cabrera birdied the 72nd hole to force the playoff. Despite the Sunday drama, the tournament might be better remembered for two controversies: a slow-play penalty against 14-year-old amateur Guan Tianlang in the second round and a two-stroke penalty against Tiger Woods for an improper drop in the same round. That penalty was assessed on Saturday, the morning after Woods' gaffe, and he was not disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard on Friday.
Event: Valero Texas Open Site: TPC San Antonio at San Antonio, Texas Dates: April 4-7 Winner's scores: 70-71-70-63—274, 14 under The skinny: Laird capped a big Sunday with birdies on his final three holes to hold off another Sunday charger, Rory McIlroy, who shot 66 in the final round but finished two strokes back as runner-up. Laird earned a spot in the following week's Masters with the victory.
Event: Shell Houston Open Site: Redstone Golf Club at Humble, Texas Dates: March 28-31 Winner's scores: 64-71-71-66—272, 16 under The skinny: Points rode a streak of 22 bogey-free holes to finish with a one-shot win — his second career PGA Tour victory. Points saved par on the last two holes to outlast Masters-bound Henrik Stenson and Billy Horschel. The final round was halted for nearly three hours because of storms that soaked the golf course. Points, who qualified for the Masters, kept alive the streak of Americans winning all 14 events on the PGA Tour this year.
Event: Arnold Palmer Invitational Site: Bay Hill Course at Orlando, Fla. Dates: March 21-25 Winner's scores: 69-70-66-70—275, 13 under The skinny: Woods (pictured with tournament host Arnold Palmer at the trophy presentation) tied two PGA Tour records while gaining his third win of the year. He matched Sam Snead with eight wins at a single tournament and tied his own record of eight wins at a single course. (Snead's eight Greensboro wins were split between two courses; Woods' eight wins at Torrey Pines include a US Open). With 77 career wins, Woods moved within five of Snead's tour mark.
Event: Tampa Bay Championship Site: Innisbrook Resort — Copperhead at Palm Harbor, Fla. Dates: March 14-17 Winner's scores: 73-69-65-67—274, 10 under The skinny: In his 153rd PGA Tour event, Streelman notched his first victory. He played bogey-free golf in the final 37 holes to rise to the top of the leaderboard and win by two strokes.
Event: WGC-Cadillac Championship Site: TPC Blue Monster at Doral at Doral, Fla. Dates: March 7-10 Winner's scores: 66-65-67-71—269, 19 under The skinny: Woods (pictured with caddie Joe LaCava) became the first multiple winner on the PGA Tour in 2013 by piling up 27 birdies on the wicked Blue Monster course. It was Woods' 76th career tour win, putting him within six of Sam Snead's record.
Event: Puerto Rico Open Site: Trump International Golf Cup at Rio Grande, Puerto Rico Dates: March 7-10 Winner's scores: 68-63-67-70—268, 20 under The skinny: Down by a stroke on the 72nd hole, Brown came up with a birdie while leader Fabian Gomez bogeyed the hole. It was a watered-down event opposite the WGC-Cadillac Championship, but Brown was happy to take his first PGA Tour victory.
Event: Honda Classic Site: PGA National Champion Course at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Dates: Feb. 28-March 3 Winner's scores: 67-65-70-69—271, 9 under The skinny: Only five players played under par in the final around, and Thompson was one of them as he earned his first PGA Tour victory. The former No. 1-ranked amateur and 2012 US Open runner-up birdied the final hole for a two-stroke victory.
Event: WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship Site: The Golf Club at Dove Mountain at Marana, Ariz. Dates: Feb. 20-24 Winner's scores: Match play; Kuchar defeated Hunter Mahan 2 and 1 in the final. The skinny: Kuchar never had to play the 18th hole as he swept through six matches to win the title. The tournament had several weather delays as heavy snow buried the course during the week.
Event: Northern Trust Open Site: Riviera Country Club at Los Angeles Dates: Feb. 14-17 Winner's scores: 68-66-70-69—273, 11 under The skinny: In his 169th PGA Tour event, Merrick broke through with his first win. Fittingly, it came in the tournament he used to attend as a fan. Merrick, who grew up in Long Beach and attended UCLA, bested Charlie Beljan on the second playoff hole for the win.
Event: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Site: Pebble Beach Golf Links at Pebble Beach, Calif. Dates: Feb. 7-10 Winner's scores: 66-68-68-65—267, 19 under The skinny: Snedeker ran his personal streak to 10 straight rounds in the 60s while earning his fifth career victory. He had a win, two runner-up finishes and a third-place showing among his first five starts of 2013. Snedeker won despite a rib-cage injury that caused him to miss the next five tournaments.
Event: Waste Management Phoenix Open Site: TPC Scottsdale at Scottsdale, Ariz. Dates: Jan. 31-Feb. 3 Winner's scores: 60-65-64-67—256, 28 under The skinny: Mickelson went wire to wire for his 41st career win on the PGA Tour. He flirted with history in the first round, when his putt for a tour-record 59 lipped out on the final green.
Event: Farmers Insurance Open Site: Torrey Pines at San Diego Dates: Jan. 24-28 Winner's scores: 68-65-69-72—274, 14 under The skinny: After failing to make the cut in his 2013 debut at Abu Dhabi, Woods made good in his first PGA Tour event of the year. Thick fog wiped out play Saturday, and Woods had to finish with 11 holes on Monday. He opened an eight-shot lead in the final round and held on to win by four for his 75th career win on the PGA Tour and his eighth at Torrey.
Event: Humana Challenge Site: PGA West at La Quinta, Calif. Dates: Jan. 17-20 Winner's scores: 67-66-67-63—263, 25 under The skinny: Gay capped a big closing Sunday with birdies on the two playoff holes to win a three-way tiebreaker with Charles Howell III and David Lingmerth. It was Gay's fourth career victory but his first since 2009.
Event: Sony Open Site: Waialae Country Club at Honolulu Dates: Jan. 10-13 Winner's scores: 63-63-67-63—256, 24 under The skinny: In his first tournament as a PGA Tour member, Henley birdied his final five holes to complete a tour de force. He finished three shots clear in the first full-field event of the year, posting the third-best 72-hole score in PGA Tour history.
Event: Hyundai Tournament of Champions Site: Plantation Course at Kapalua at Kapalua, Hawaii Dates: Jan. 7-8 Winner's scores: 69-66-68—203, 16 under The skinny: Johnson opened the PGA Tour season by extending his streak of a win in every year since he turned pro out of college — now six straight years. That's the best such mark since Tiger Woods left Stanford. The big story was the weather, as windy conditions caused several false starts, and the tourney didn't officially begin until Monday. The players squeezed in 54 holes in 29 hours to complete play on Tuesday.