The year is all but over for the big names in golf, with the majors wrapped up, the FedEx Cup over and the major awards pretty much handed out. With that said, we take a look back over 2013 and see which five shots on the PGA Tour were the best.
5. Jim Furyk's second shot on his way to a 59 at BMW Championship -- I took this one over that second shot by Justin Rose at the U.S. Open simply because we have U.S. Open winners each year, but a chance for 59 on the PGA Tour is a rarity. Furyk, a man that has become a player that struggles under the pressure, manned up on this second shot at the BMW, sticking it to just a couple of feet to set up a birdie that landed him in that rare club. It was a gutsy wedge shot, and one that deserves to be on this list.
4. Phil Mickelson's three-wood on the 71st hole at the British Open -- Listen, if there was "I can't believe you pulled this off" shot of the year, it would belong to the craziest golfer on tour. Mickelson was tied for the lead at the British Open on Sunday, and on the par-5 17th, had 302 yards to the hole. He was in need of a birdie and pulled that trusty three-wood that he had leaned on all week at Muirfield. He smoked it, the ball chased up on the green and that birdie propelled him to his first ever Claret Jug win. Mickelson is a go for broke golfer, and while this shot was pulled off with perfection, it had a lot of risk before he went after it.
3. Jordan Spieth's bunker shot on the 72nd hole at the John Deere Classic -- I know it's hard to rank a non-major shot this high, but look what that bunker shot did for Spieth. It put him in a playoff that he ended up winning, making him the first teenager in 82 years to win on the PGA Tour, gained him two years status that he didn't have to start the season, and propelled him to a finish that not only got him into the Tour Championship, but landed him a spot on the Presidents Cup team. That's a pretty big shot if you think about all the things that came after it.
2. Angel Cabrera's second shot on the 72nd hole at the Masters -- Why is this shot so high for a guy that didn't even win the tournament? Because it was one of the most incredible answers in golf history. Adam Scott, a man we will get to in a minute, had just made the clutchest of clutch birdies on the final hole at the Masters to jump past Cabrera by a shot, and with son on the bag, stood in the 18th fairway knowing he needed to pull of a great shot to give himself a chance at a playoff and a second green jacket.
From the swing, to the walk, to the result, it was an incredible, incredible golf shot under the utmost pressure and set up a playoff that he eventually lost, but still, one of the best iron shots of the entire year.
1. Adam Scott's birdie putts at the Masters -- I know it's a copout to put both putts as the best shot of the year, but isn't this a chicken and egg argument? The winning putt might have been more important, but Scott doesn't make the playoff without rolling in that birdie on the 72nd hole to force Cabrera to hit that golf shot above.
Both putts were pressure-packed, and for a guy that always struggled with the putter, it was a pretty amazing close to an incredible tournament and the finish we all hope for each time the golf world heads to Augusta National.