2013 GIFs of the Year: The Majors
Over the next two weeks, I’ll be posting my 2013 Golf GIF Roundups, broken down into several ‘Best Of’ categories. Today, we look back at the moments from the four major championships.
Previous posts: The Best of Tiger Woods
2013 was a great year for golf, and as usual, the major championships delivered some of the best moments of the year. I think there’s an argument to be made that 2013 gave us the best collection of majors in at least a decade. The Adam Scott/Angel Cabrera duel at Augusta probably wasn’t topped, but Merion was a fantastic host of the U.S. Open and while Phil Mickelson couldn’t close the door on his first U.S. Open win, he did what many thought was impossible and won the Open Championship. To close it out, Jason Dufner emerged as a superstar with his win at Oak Hill, using a supreme ball striking display to lift the Wanamaker Trophy for his first major championship win.
Below are the moments that I’ll remember from the majors in 2013. If you hover over each image, you’ll get a brief description of why it made the list.
Honorary starter, Jack Nicklaus
Honorary starter, Arnold Palmer
Honorary starter, Gary Player
14-year old Tianlang Guan was the big early story of the Masters
The most talked about shot of the year. Hitting the pin at the Masters.
Adam Scott birdies the last in regulation to take the lead
Incredible approach into 18 to force a playoff with Adam Scott.
After a pair of pars, the y went to 10. Cabrera hit a good approach.
Scott’s approach into the 10th in the Augusta playoff.
Cabrera gives thumbs up to Scott in the playoff.
Scott with the thumbs up to Angel Cabrera.
Still not sure how Cabrera’s putt didn’t drop.
Scott’s putt goes in, and he has his first major championship.
The Scott and Cabrera embrace.
Bubba Watson presents Scott with the green jacket.
Westwood hits the basket at Merion.
Phil holes out at Merion on Sunday
Rose’s approach into 18 at Merion. One of the best shots of 2013.
Rose watches with wife Kate as Mickelson finishes and ensures his win.
Rose embraces with good friend Luke Donald as they finish on the 18th.
Rose fighting back tears on the 18th green.
Rose taps in and points to the sky for his father.
Rose’s father passed away when Justin was 21. Rose said the victory was for him.
Tom Watson and Nick Faldo embrace on the 18th.
Creativity is always required at the Open.
Phil’s approach to 17 set up an eagle putt.
This approach into 18 allowed him to seal his first Open Championship win.
Final putt on 18 at the 2013 Open Championship
Phil lifts the Claret Jug for the first time.
Jason Dufner’s ball striking was superb on Sunday at Oak Hill. His approach to 5.
The approach into 8.
Lastly, his approach into the 16th.
The final putt and the win for Jason Dufner.
Dufner’s wife Amanda congratulates him on the 18th, with the infamous ass grab.
Good friend Keegan Bradley came back to the course to congratulate Dufner.
Dufner lifts the Wanamaker Trophy.