Sky Sports highlights golf's top players across all four majors in 2013
With all four majors now completed, Paul Higham crowns the best performer from golf's four big events.
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH
Last Updated: 15/08/13 9:52am
As we look back on the 'major season' what we can say for certain is that it has been a severe test for the world's best golfers, with a quirky Merion track making even the US Open tougher than usual, while the Scottish summer produced a lightning quick Muirfield.
All this and, oh yes, we also nearly saw Woods disqualified for the Masters for a dodgy drop as well to start off a rollercoaster ride of the major season.
Here we'll run through the best players from the major season - so that can sadly only include the 13 players who managed to make all four cuts.
Major Man - Adam Scott
The Aussies have taken a real beating this year but golf has been a rare strong point for the boys Down Under, with Adam Scott grabbing the Green Jacket and Jason Day again challenging for the big tournaments.
A total of 13 players managed to make the cut in all four majors - with Scott and Day topping the scoring averages on +2 really illustrated just how tough the major test was in 2013.
Scott beat Angel Cabrera to win the Masters and had a great chance to add the Open as well, so he may even feel he should have had two majors to his name in 2013 - but three top-five finishes still isn't bad!
Day had three top-10s and actually averaged three places higher than Scott, but the fact the man wielding the longest putter in golf managed to clinch one of golf's biggest prizes at Augusta gives him the edge here.
Our other two major winners on the list had a common thread as they both bounced back from heart-breaking finishes to win a major - although in Phil Mickelson's case you never thought it was likely to happen so soon after his crushing US Open loss at Merion.
Especially with the next major being the Open, but a warm-up win at the Scottish Open set Mickelson up superbly to finally conquer links golf and complete two-thirds of the career grand slam - now it's just that US Open...
Hard to top 'Lefty' in the popularity stakes but Jason Dufner might have just done that at the US PGA Championship - the same event he lost in a play-off two years ago. This time he held his nerve over the closing stretch and even managed a smile when collecting the trophy he should have picked up two years' ago.
Dufner finished +4 for the majors and averaged a 14th-placed finished after coming tied fourth in the US Open before Dufnering (that's a word now) his way to a major title.
A rejuvenated Henrik Stenson finished on the same +4 mark as Dufner for the majors, and after two steady outings he really pushed on at The Open as he finished second behind Mickelson and was then really in the hunt at Oak Hill before just fading away.
Lee Westwood was another man left kicking himself at the Open after letting his lead slip away and he had a poor final round at the US PGA as well, but yet again he was there or thereabouts at major crunch time.
Brandt Snedeker's big chance this year came at the Masters when he faltered in the final round after holding a share of the lead after 54 holes, while he also played well again at the Open and like Westwood and Stenson you feel a major win could be just around the corner.
It's easy to forget also that Tiger may well have had his 15th major in the bag at the first attempt this year had his fine approach shot at the Masters not hit the pin and spun back into the water - resulting in his infamous dodgy drop.
He may have remained in the tournament, but he lost vital shots that could have helped him end his major drought, which stretched on to another year after he also missed a good chance at the Open as well. Two Top-10 finishes in majors would be a decent year in most other player's book.
Former World No 1 Martin Kaymer also made the cut at all four majors but never really threatened, and you could say the same for the likes of Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar, who all had their moments but not sustained challenges.
KJ Choi is perhaps the most surprising name on the list of 13 and certainly the lowest ranked, proving that you need to be among the very best to negotiate such a tough year of major golf.