Top 25 Golf Stories of 2013

Tiger's Masters drop is 2013's No. 1 golf story

Perhaps the most famous golfer ever, at the game's biggest event, gets entangled in one of the most bizarre and dramatic controversies in major championship history.

Top 25, No. 2: Phil claims the Claret Jug

Phil Mickelson proved his naysayers wrong, turning in a dominant and historic Open Championship closing stretch to claim the Claret Jug, and the No. 2 golf story that defined this year.

Top 25, No. 3: Adam Scott finally gets his

The 2013 majors were so special because of the caliber of winners they produced, and none had better season, and has a brighter future, than Adam Scott.

Tiger triumphs, Sergio sags after Sawgrass spat

Tiger and Sergio have at it during The Players Championship, after which Garcia ratchets up the duo’s dust-up with offensive and incendiary comments aimed at the world No. 1.

No. 5: Scott's putt, Cabrera's approach on No. 18

The most dramatic five-minute stretch of the year comes in at No. 5 on our countdown of the top 25 golf stories that defined the season in golf.

Top 25, No. 6: Rose's laser approach wins US Open

The caliber of major winners in 2013 is hard to match, and one of the best in the world finally cracked the major championship code on Father's Day at Merion.

Top 25, No. 7: Dufner's snipe show takes the PGA

It was a breakout summer for one of golf's best characters, who picked up a career-defining win at Oak Hill in August.

Brandel flunks Tiger for 2013; s**t storm ensues

Tiger Woods has had his feuds over the years (see: Sergio Garcia). The spitting contest between the world No. 1 and Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee may have finally come to an end but we’ll have to wait until next year to know for certain.

Top 25 0f 2013, No. 9: Anchors away

Adam Scott and several other major champions and everyday professional and amateur golfers who affix long putters to their bodies will have to find more conventional ways to negotiate their flat sticks come Jan. 1, 2016.

Top 25, No. 10: Woods is No. 1 again

A whopping 877 days after he'd lost it, Tiger Woods regained the No. 1 spot in the world and made our countdown in the process.

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No. 11: Phil holes out, still settles for 2nd

After another final round collapse at the U.S. Open, it appeared 2013 would be a lost season for Phil Mickelson.

Top 25, No. 12: Furyk becomes 6th ever to shoot 59

After several close calls in 2013 (Phil twice and Tiger once), Jim Furyk broke through to become the sixth player ever to card golf's magic number.

Top 25, No. 13: A wild Presidents Cup week in Ohio

The Americans continued to dominate, but there were plenty of other ways the latest edition of the Presidents Cup became memorable.

No. 14: Tiger hits new career majors low at Merion

After re-injuring his elbow in the opening round of the U.S. Open at Merion, Tiger Woods flails his way to the highest score he’s ever posted in a major since turning professional.

Park’s 3 majors rank with best of Tiger, Annika

Inbee Park, with six tour wins, dominated the LPGA in 2013 -- but the three straight major championship wins by the world No. 1 and her quest for a record-breaking fourth made the golf world sit up and take notice.

Top 25, No. 16: Phil's cruel brush with 59

Was this the most dramatic golf moment of the year?

No. 17: Vijay Singh sues the PGA Tour

Vijay Singh was nearly suspended for using a banned substance, but wasn't after months of haggling and deliberations. As the controversy was settling down, Singh then dropped a bomb of a lawsuit on the PGA Tour at their marquee event.

Top 25, No. 18: Woods 59 watch was on at Firestone

Tiger Woods caused a stir during the second round of the WGC-Birdgestone Invitational, but came up just shy of the magic 59.

Top 25, No. 19: Tiger's weekend woes at majors

Tiger had a player of the year-winning 2013 season, but he matched his fistful of PGA Tour victories with another, less auspicious No. 5 -- the number of years Woods has marked since he last lifted a major trophy.

Top 25, No. 20: Spieth arrives, chips in for win

Jordan Spieth had an excellent season and his record-setting win at the John Deere Classic was one of the top moments of the year.

No. 21: Guan makes Masters cut after penalty

Before the madness of the weekend, a 14-year-old eighth grader from China was the best story at the game's biggest major.

Top 25, No. 22 : Snow! Floods! Wind! Lightning!

Any discussion of the year in golf must include the wild weather conditions that affected play on almost a weekly basis.

No. 23: Stenson owns PGA and Euro Tour playoffs

A Swede has owned the golf world in the second half of the season, prompting recent debates about whether Henrik Stenson is better than Tiger Woods right now.

No. 24: Lydia Ko wins again, turns pro at 16

Lydia Ko, following in Lexi Thompson’s footsteps when she became, in 2012, the youngest golfer to notch an LPGA victory, adds more Ws to her resume this year on her way to turning pro and joining the tour.

No. 25: Rory moves to Nike, goes 0-for-2013

Narratives abound for the 2013 season just ended, and Rory McIlroy made his share of headlines, for better but, mostly, for worse.

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