2013 in golf
This article summarizes the highlights of professional and amateur golf in the year 2013.
Men's professional golf
- 11–14 April: Masters Tournament – Adam Scott won in a playoff against Ángel Cabrera with a birdie on the second playoff hole. He became the first Australian to win the Masters.
- 13–16 June: U.S. Open – Justin Rose won his first major championship. He became the first man from mainland U.K. to win the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970.
- 18–21 July: The Open Championship – Phil Mickelson won his first Open Championship, and his fifth major overall. It was also the second week in a row he won on the European Tour, both wins coming in Scotland.
- 8–11 August: PGA Championship – Jason Dufner won his first major championship.
- 20–24 February: WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship – American Matt Kuchar defeated 2012 winner Hunter Mahan in the final, 2 and 1.
- 7–10 March WGC-Cadillac Championship – American Tiger Woods won by two strokes over Steve Stricker. It was the seventh time Woods won the event and his 17th WGC win.
- 1–4 August: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – American Tiger Woods won by seven strokes over Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson. It was the eighth time Woods won the event and his 18th WGC win.
- 31 October – 3 November: WGC-HSBC Champions – American Dustin Johnson won by three strokes over defending champion Ian Poulter. It was his first WGC win.
- 22–25 August: The Barclays – Australian Adam Scott won from the clubhouse. It was his first win since the Masters Tournament earlier in the year.
- 30 August – 2 September: Deutsche Bank Championship – Swede Henrik Stenson won, tying the tournament record. It was also his first win on the PGA Tour since the 2009 Players Championship.
- 12–15 September: BMW Championship – Zach Johnson won. It was his first win since the 2012 John Deere Classic.
- 19–22 September: Tour Championship – Swede Henrik Stenson won his second playoff event of the year and won the FedEx Cup.
Other leading PGA Tour events
- 9–12 May: The Players Championship – Tiger Woods won by two shots over a group of three players for his second Players title.
For a complete list of PGA Tour results see 2013 PGA Tour.
Leading European Tour events
- 16–19 May: Volvo World Match Play Championship – Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland defeated Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, 2 & 1, in the final.
- 23–26 May: BMW PGA Championship – Matteo Manassero of Italy won on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff.
- 24–27 October: BMW Masters – Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño of Spain won by one stroke ahead of Francesco Molinari and Thongchai Jaidee. It was his 7th European Tour win.
- 7–10 November: Turkish Airlines Open – Victor Dubuisson of France won, gaining a two-stroke victory over runner-up Jamie Donaldson. It was Dubuisson's first professional golf win.
- 14–17 November: DP World Tour Championship, Dubai – Swede Henrik Stenson won by six strokes over Ian Poulter. He also won the Race to Dubai, making him the first golfer to win both the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai.
For a complete list of European Tour results see 2013 European Tour.
- 3–6 October: Presidents Cup – The U.S. team won, 18½–15½, for the fifth straight time.
- 3–6 October: Seve Trophy – Continental Europe won, 15–13, for the first time since the inaugural Seve Trophy in 2000.
- 21–24 November: World Cup of Golf – Australian Jason Day won the individual competition by two strokes over Denmark's Thomas Bjørn. Day teamed with Adam Scott to win the team portion by 10 strokes over the United States.
- 20–22 December: Royal Trophy – Europe defeated Asia, 8½–7½, by winning I've of the last six singles matches.
- PGA Tour – Tiger Woods (US$8,553,439)
- This total does not include FedEx Cup bonuses.
- European Tour – Henrik Stenson (4,103,796 points)
- This total includes the US$1.0 million (€739,125) bonus for winning the Race to Dubai.
- Japan Golf Tour – Hideki Matsuyama (¥201,076,781)
- Asian Tour – Kiradech Aphibarnrat (US$1,127,855)
- PGA Tour of Australasia – Adam Scott (A$538,620)
- Sunshine Tour – Dawie van der Walt (R5,094,333)
- PGA Tour
- FedEx Cup – Henrik Stenson won the FedEx Cup after winning the Tour Championship.
- PGA Player of the Year – Tiger Woods
- Player of the Year (Jack Nicklaus Trophy) – Tiger Woods
- Leading money winner (Arnold Palmer Award) – Tiger Woods (US$8,553,439)
- Vardon Trophy – Tiger Woods
- Byron Nelson Award – Steve Stricker
- Rookie of the Year – Jordan Spieth
- Payne Stewart Award – Peter Jacobsen
- European Tour
- Web.com Tour
Results from other tours
- 2013 Asian Tour
- 2013 PGA Tour of Australasia
- 2013 PGA Tour Canada
- 2013 Challenge Tour
- 2013 Japan Golf Tour
- 2013 OneAsia Tour
- 2013 PGA Tour Latinoamérica
- 2013 Sunshine Tour
- 2013 Web.com Tour
- 13 January – Russell Henley won the Sony Open in Hawaii, becoming the first PGA Tour rookie to win his debut event since Garrett Willis won the 2001 Touchstone Energy Tucson Open.
- 1 February - A planned fifth World Golf Championships tournament, the Tournament of Hope, was postponed indefinitely.
- 25 March – Tiger Woods took over the world number one ranking from Rory McIlroy by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
- 14 July – Jordan Spieth, two weeks shy of his 20th birthday, won the John Deere Classic in a three-way playoff, becoming the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour since 1931.
- 13 September – Jim Furyk shot a 59 (12-under-par) in the second round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois, becoming just the sixth player to shoot 59 in a PGA Tour event.
- 8 December – Miguel Ángel Jiménez extended his own record as the oldest golfer ever to win a European Tour event, defending his title from last season in the Hong Kong Open at age 49 years, 337 days.
Women's professional golf
- 4–7 April: Kraft Nabisco Championship – South Korean Inbee Park won by four strokes with a score of 273 (–15). This was Park's second major victory; she won the 2008 U.S. Women's Open as a 19-year-old.
- 6–9 June: Wegmans LPGA Championship – South Korean Inbee Park defeated Catriona Matthew on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff for her second consecutive major championship triumph.
- 27–30 June: U.S. Women's Open - South Korean Inbee Park won her second U.S. Women's Open, gaining her third major win of the year, and also gaining the third consecutive win on the LPGA Tour. Park becomes the first woman to win the first three majors of a season since Babe Zaharias in 1950, and the first ever to do so in a season in which there were more than three majors.
- 1–4 August: Women's British Open – American Stacy Lewis won her first Women's British Open and her second major. Lewis became the first American woman to win a major since her victory in the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship. The win also gave Americans a clean sweep of the British Opens, to go along with Phil Mickelson winning the Open Championship, and Mark Wiebe winning the Senior Open Championship.
- 12–15 September: The Evian Championship – Norwegian Suzann Pettersen won; it was her second career major championship, her first being the 2007 LPGA Championship. This was the first year The Evian Championship was played as a major.
Additional LPGA Tour events
- 16–18 August: Solheim Cup – Europe retained the Solheim Cup, and it's the first time in the Cup history that Europe won on U.S. soil.
Money list leaders
- LPGA Tour – Inbee Park (US$2,456,619)
- LPGA of Japan Tour – Rikako Morita (¥126,675,049)
- Ladies European Tour – Suzann Pettersen (€518,449)
- LPGA of Korea Tour – Jang Ha-na (₩689,542,549)
- Ladies Asian Golf Tour – Pornanong Phatlum (US$116,295)
- ALPG Tour – Stacey Keating (A$74,625) (2012/13 season)
- Symetra Tour – P.K. Kongkraphan (US$43,848)
- LPGA Tour Player of the Year – Inbee Park
- LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year – Moriya Jutanugarn
- LPGA Tour Vare Trophy – Stacy Lewis
- LET Player of the Year – Lee-Anne Pace
- LET Rookie of the Year – Charley Hull
Other tour results
- 24 January – The LPGA announced plans to launch a new international team event in 2014, the International Crown. The event, intended to be held in even-numbered years (those in which the Solheim Cup is not held), will involve four-member teams from eight countries in a four-day match play format. The countries to play in the inaugural event will be the eight countries whose top four players are cumulatively highest-ranked in the Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of the 2013 LPGA season.
- 18 March – American Stacy Lewis took over the number one spot in the Women's World Golf Rankings following a victory at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. Yani Tseng had held the top position for the previous 109 weeks.
- 15 April – South Korean Inbee Park took over the number one position in the Women's World Golf Rankings following an off-week on the LPGA Tour. It was the first time a South Korean player held the top spot since Jiyai Shin gave up the spot in February 2011.
- 21 November – The eight countries that will participate in the inaugural International Crown are announced. The four-player teams will consist of the top players from each of these countries in the Women's World Rankings immediately preceding the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship: Australia, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United States.
Senior men's professional golf
- 23–26 May: Senior Players Championship – Kōki Idoki of Japan won, becoming the first Asian to win a senior major tournament.
- 6–9 June: Regions Tradition – David Frost of South Africa won his first senior major.
- 27–30 June: Senior PGA Championship – American Kenny Perry won his first senior major.
- 11–14 July: U.S. Senior Open – Kenny Perry won his second consecutive senior major.
- 25–28 July: The Senior Open Championship – American Mark Wiebe won his first senior major.
Money list leaders
- Champions Tour – German Bernhard Langer topped the money list for the fifth time (second consecutive) with earnings of US$2,448,428.
- European Senior Tour – England's Paul Wesselingh topped the Order of Merit for the first time with earnings of €311,644.
- Champions Tour
- 21–24 May: NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships – Southern California won its third team title and freshman Annie Park claimed the individual title
- 28 May – 2 June: NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships – Alabama won its first team title, and senior Max Homa of the California Golden Bears won the individual title.
- 10–15 June: British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship - English teenager Georgia Hall won, defeating Spaniard Luna Sobron in the final match by a score of 1 up.
- 17–22 June: The Amateur Championship – Garrick Porteous of England won, the first English winner in 10 years, and the United Kingdom's second consecutive winner.
- 5–11 August: U.S. Women's Amateur – Emma Talley of the USA won, defeating Taiwan's Yueer Cindy Feng in the final match by a score of 2 & 1.
- 12–18 August: U.S. Amateur – Matthew Fitzpatrick of the UK won, defeating Australian Oliver Goss in the final match by a score of 4 & 3. Fitzpatrick became the first Englishman in 102 years to win it.
- 7–8 September: Walker Cup – The United States defeated Great Britain and Ireland by a score of 17 to 9.
- 24–27 October: Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship – Lee Chang-woo of South Korea won by three strokes.
- 11 February – The United States Golf Association announced that the U.S. Amateur Public Links and U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links will be discontinued after their 2014 editions. The tournaments will be replaced by four-ball championships for both men and women.
World Golf Hall of Fame inductees
The 2013 class was announced starting in September 2012 with induction occurring on 6 May 2013:
- Fred Couples (PGA Tour)
- Ken Venturi (Lifetime Achievement)
- Willie Park, Jr. (Veterans)
- Colin Montgomerie (International)
- Ken Schofield (Lifetime Achievement)
It was announced in October that World Golf Hall of Fame is reviewing its selection process in all five categories and that there would be no induction ceremony in 2014.
- 3 January – Hisayuki Sasaki (born 1964), three-time Japan Golf Tour winner
- 8 January – Mike Brannan (born 1955), youngest U.S. Junior Amateur winner and PGA Tour golfer
- 16 February – Ernie Vossler (born 1928), three-time PGA Tour winner
- 10 April – Dick Hart (born 1935), PGA Tour winner
- 17 May – Ken Venturi (born 1931), 1964 U.S. Open winner, broadcaster
- 11 June – Miller Barber (born 1931), 35 wins on PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour
- 21 June – Bernard Hunt (born 1930), two-time European Ryder Cup captain
- 23 June – Frank Stranahan (born 1922), two-time British Amateur winner and six-time PGA Tour winner
- 10 July – Ok-Hee Ku (born 1956), first South Korean to win on the LPGA Tour
- 27 August – Dave Thomas (born 1934), winner of sixteen professional tournaments and twice Open Championship runner-up.
- 30 August – William C. Campbell (born 1923), 1964 U.S. Amateur winner and two-time USGA president
Table of results
This table summarizes all the results referred to above in date order.
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- "Tiger returns to No. 1, wins Bay Hill". ESPN. Associated Press. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
- "Jordan Spieth, 19, takes John Deere". ESPN. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
- "Jim Furyk hits golf's magic mark". ESPN. 13 September 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
- "With This Win: Miguel Ángel Jiménez" (Press release). PGA European Tour. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
- "Inbee Park claims historic win". ESPN. Associated Press. 30 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- "32 Players, 8 Countries, 1 Crown: LPGA Unveils the International Crown" (Press release). LPGA. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
- "Rolex Rankings". 18 March 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
- "Rolex Rankings". 15 April 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
- "Who's In? 2014 International Crown Officially Takes Shape" (Press release). LPGA. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
- "Changes Made to USGA Championship Roster" (Press release). United States Golf Association. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
- "Fred Couples leads 5 into golf Hall". ESPN. Associated Press. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- "Couples to be inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame". PGA Tour. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- "World Golf Hall of Fame adds Venturi to 2013 class". PGA Tour. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- "Willie Park Jr. selected for World Golf Hall of Fame". PGA Tour. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- "Montgomerie, Schofield complete Hall of Fame class". PGA Tour. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- "Golf Hall to review selection process". ESPN. Associated Press. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013.