All four major championships have been completed this year and all were very good without question beginning with a classic Masters duel between Adam Scott and former Masters champion Angel Cabrera, following by a U.S. Open that featured a course that literally tore the players apart with Justin Rose taking the crown and throne. Then came a great Open Championship that saw Phil Mickelson come almost out of no where to dominate the field in the final two days to finish off a course that had every other player finishing over par besides Phil, making it two majors in the row that had the majority of the players finishing over par. The only player that was even at the Open Championship at Muirfield was former Players Championship winner Henrik Stenson but other than that the second and third majors of the year were devastating challenges for the golfers, and then you just had a PGA Championship that was a great battle between great control players in Jason Dufner, Adam Scott and Jim Furyk along with a recovery master in Matt Kuchar. It was anyone’s tournament to win and looked to be a classic and who knows, it very well could have went to a playoff but, “Duff” shot a PGA Championship record on that Saturday and went on from there to take the Wanamaker trophy for his first major title. So, four great major winners this year in Scott, Rose, Mickeslon and Dufner, so the question now is, which major winner this year preformed the best or which story was the best? There are four great choices here in players as they all played very well to win their major this year. You have a terrific driver in Adam Scott, all-around players in Phil and J-Rose, and then a masterful approach shot artist in “Duff” so the choice is kind of up in the air but I’m not finishing this piece until I say who I think was the best this year at their major. Adam Scott winning the Masters was very interesting.
It was the first time an Australian won the Masters so it was a huge story and a great one for the people over the great country of Australia and that’s one of the reasons why we love sports, because of the touching stories and how deep it is, especially in golf because there are endless amounts of players with many different stories and walks of life. Justin Rose, winning the U.S. Open was the first major of his career like Scott and Dufner, but Justin was able to take on arguably to toughest test in all of golf and proved why he is one of the greats in the game and looks to add another major shortly because if he can handle Merion, then he can tackle almost any course and he had a great season up to this point. Phil Mickelson added another major to his legendary career. The hall of fame lefty took down Muirfield and made sure he put himself in a position to take home the Claret Jug and put himself just one major shy of the career grand slam which would make him only the seventh player in golf history to accomplish one of the rarest milestones in all of sports. And then you have Jason Dufner winning the PGA Championship this year. As I mentioned before, he was a guy coming into the year with high expectations, and although he didn’t live up to the hype, he ended the year of majors out with a bang making this a great comeback kind of story not to mention one of the greatest rounds in PGA Championship history on that Saturday. So, who was the best major winner of 2013? Let’s do a process of elimination. As much as I hate to say it but Phil and Justin Rose are out on this one and here’s why. J-Rose played great golf on a tough course in a tough field but it wasn’t all Justin the whole way, it was Phil who led most of the way and Justin made a terrific charge up the leaderboard to take the crown and I love J-Rose.
Phil is out simply because, if he won the Open Championship to complete the career grand slam then that would be the best story hands down and he could have got it if he didn’t collapse at the U.S. Open, then again his mind set would probably be different if he did win the U.S. Open because there would be so much more pressure on him at the Open Championship. Although he played great, I just don’t see it if it wasn’t for a grand slam, however it was his first Open Championship victory. So that leaves us with Adam Scott and Jason Dufner. Now, I know I said Justin Rose didn’t lead the whole way at the U.S. Open but neither did Adam Scott at the Masters but the way he was hitting his shots was incredible and he was MASTERFUL (See what I did there?) from the fairway and off the tee. He went into a playoff against a former Masters champ in Angel Cabrera who is familiar with Augusta so Adam had unbelievable of taking down Augusta, taking down a former champ, and winning it for his home country that has never seen an Australian win the coveted Green Jacket. So now we’re down to our last choice and that would be Mr. Jason Dufner who as wek now just won the PGA Championship. The reason why “Duff” is a finalist is because he had very high expectations before the year started and people were putting him high in the world rankings and had him winning a couple of tournaments. However, he was fairly quiet most of the season with his best finish coincidentally being at another major at the U.S. Open where he finished tied for 4th. Before then though, things weren’t looking good for Jason as he didn’t even finish in the top 10 all year until the U.S. Open.
Many people thought he had a shot to reach no.1 in the world rankings after having a great season last year finishing with two victories and finishing in the top 10 in the rankings. Plus, he had was so close to winning the PGA Championship just two years ago when, then rookie Keegan Bradley took the title who is now good buddies with Jason. The pressure he was feeling was probably crazy (Then again it’s Jason Dufner…) coming into PGA Championship week. It’s the last major of the year, you’re trying to prove that you are one of the best in the world, you’re not leading up to expectations and you have an amazing looking wife watching you the whole way, now if THAT isn’t pressure then I don’t know what it is and my life is full of lies! Also, can’t forget the record performance he had on the weekend. So, on that note, I think it’s time to see who is the winner of the best major champion of 2013. The winner is…..hold on a sec…..alright I’m ready! No wait…… let me just take care of something real quick…..I’ll be RIGHT BACK I PROMISE!…….Okay NOW the moment we’ve been waiting for…the winner is….ADAM SCOTT! This was a very tough choice.
I was leaning towards Jason Dufner a bit but the way Adam Scott has had the potential his whole career to win a major and for him the finally win one at the most famous golf tournament in the world is truly a great story and for him to be the first Australian is really remarkable and will be something he will embrace for the rest of his life and then this was just a year after he lost a heartbreaker to Ernie Els at the Open Championship at St.Andrews. I think all the emotions that went into the Adam Scott victory touched a lot of lives of the fans of this great sport. We love it because it brings people together from all over the world and Adam gave an entire nation something celebrate and for him to do it at Augusta National, at the Masters, a place with so much rich history is truly one of the most beautiful things we have seen in golf in recent memory and for it to end in a dramatic playoff is special. So big ups to all of these major winners, they all played terrific golf and I know we are all looking forward to next year’s majors and the Ryder Cup as well! But there’s still some season left this season to enjoy thankfully!
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Each year, fans all over the world come together to watch the Players Championship and it never fails to excite. The beautiful pete Dye designed golf course, the Florida breeze, the tough competition, they all blend in together to make one of the most exciting and popular tournaments of the year but the one question that people ask, “Is the Players a fifth major?” all comes to mind. I personally believe it is because the tradition of it that makes it special. In a way, it has similarities to the Masters because each tournament is played at the same course each year which is the legendary TPC Sawgrass and it’s palayed down south like the Masters and both feature the biggest names in golf. The only thing that’s different is the fact that the Players doesn’t have a trophy that is as recognizable to the world as the Green Jacket at the Masters. The astonishing thing about TPC Sawgrass is how quickly it became a successful course.
It has only been around for about 35 years while some courses have been around for almost 100 years and the way Sawgrass gained popularity at such a fast rate is what’s incredible and now look, people are considering it the fifth major and the 17th hole is considered the most famous hole in the world, at least the most famous par 3 in the world. Many legends have came to play at Sawgrass as well and that’s why it’s one of the most legendary courses in all of golf. It’s hard not to argue that it is the fifth major. This again goes back to the “tradition of the game”. Well guess what, all four majors didn’t become majors in the same year so what does that tell you? The tradition is constantly changing so people need to stop bringing up “tradition” because the game never started with the British Open, U.S. Open, PGA Championship and The Masters so the tradition changed a long time ago so I see no reason why The Players Championship shouldn’t be a major, if anything it will make the game more exciting and that gives more exciting major championship golf to look forward to each year and as we know, nothing makes the game more exciting than the drama of major championship golf.
Plus, I think Pete Dye, a man who has helped change the game with all of his game changing courses deserves to have a major championship on arguably who most popular masterpiece. The players really get into the tournament and the setting is perfect, it feels like you’re in a coliseum watching golfers preparing to duke it out with thousands of fans watching their every swing. The course is beautiful and challenging and is unique from anything else in golf. Plus, it can easily boost up TV ratings because with it being a major, even more fans will watch and they’re already getting good numbers right now so making it a major just makes it that much sweeter and it gives the writers a bit more to write about. If The Players Championship became a major then everybody who appreciates this wonderful game will be very happy.
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