Sky Sports highlights golf's top players across all four majors in 2013

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 15/08/13 9:52am

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Adam Scott wins the Masters - and the majors championship

Adam Scott wins the Masters - and the majors championship

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Another year of major golf is over, and we've had another superbly exciting year of action with three more maiden champions and one old favourite getting back to winning ways, but still no sign of Tiger adding to his 14 major titles.

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.

Majors leaderboard:

Players must make all four cuts
Major finishes in brackets

+2 Scott (Won T45 T3 T5)
+2 Day (3 T2 T32 T8)
+4 Stenson (T18 T21 2 3)
+4 Dufner (T20 T4 T26 Won)
+10 Westwood (T8 T15 T3 T33)
+14 Woods (T4 T32 T6 T40)
+15 Kuchar (T8 T28 T15 T22)
+19 Snedeker (T6 T17 T11 T66)
+21 Mickelson (T54 T2 Won T72)
+22 Johnson (T13 55 T32 T8)
+27 Garcia (T8 T45 T21 T61)
+33 Choi (T46 T32 T44 T47)
+34 Kaymer (T35 T59 T32 T33)

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.


Mickelson finally gets to grips with links golf

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.

Nearly men

The wait goes on for Woods

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.

Top performers

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.

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