Most of the other sports that we watch here in the United States have a long enough off-season which gives us, the sports fans, plenty of time to reflect on the season before it’s time for a new season. We have plenty of time to select, talk about, and forget who received which award. The PGA Tour only allows us three weeks to reflect on the old season, and then they begin the new season. On Friday the PGA will announce who will win the PGA Player of the Year. Tiger Woods will probably win this award, and Jordan Spieth will undoubtedly win the Rookie of the Year.
Adam Scott began the highlights of 2013 when he ended the frustration of a Continent at Augusta while donning his first Green Jacket. Phil Mickelson finished his sixth US Open as a bridesmaid while Justin Rose had a Davis Love III moment at the 72nd hole when he realized he was going to win his first major. Phil exacted his revenge in Europe with back to back wins, and Duffnering was reinvented at the PGA Championship. It was a great 2013 season.
Kyle Porter at EyeOnGolf shares his picks for the best five tournaments during the 2013 season. I like his picks, but would probably reorder them. I thought the finish to the Masters was the best golf for a fan all season. When Adam Scott hit his final shot to the 10th green and Angel Cabrera smiled and give him the thumbs up, I thought that was one of the best moments in sports that I had ever seen.
The conditions for “best tournament” to me are that big names have to be involved and there has to be a lot on the line. If Brendon de Jonge and John Peterson play an epic 37-hole playoff at the Travelers Insurance Championship, did it really happen?
The 2013 PGA Tour season was, in golf terms, a wild 10-month sprint that provided some sort of peak drama or controversy almost every week. It was one of the more memorable campaigns of the past 25 years, and Phil Mickelson, perhaps this generation’s most exciting player, put his imprint on the season with several of its most dramatic moments.
I don’t disagree with Brendan Porath from SB Nation here. Phil Mickelson is the greatest ambassador for the game of golf for this generation.
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