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First 1/4th of pga year in reviews

The 98th edition of the PGA Tour was a historic one in that it marked the end of the traditional January to October schedule. Beginning this week, the 2013-2014 season begins with tournaments played this fall wrapping around to count in the FedEx Cup standings which will conclude in the fall of 2014.

The first quarter of the 2013 season - the period from January until the Masters in mid-April, was highlighted by the return to dominance of Tiger Woods, who won three tournaments, as well as the history-making performance at Augusta by Australia's Adam Scott.

Here's a look at the first quarter of the season that was on the PGA Tour.

Hyundai Tournament of Champions - The US' Dustin Johnson locked up his seventh PGA Tour win with a 16-under 203 on Maui in the traditional season opener. Johnson's final-round 5-under allowed him to defeat Steve Stricker by four strokes and Brandt Snedeker by six.
Sony Open in Hawaii - Twenty-three year old Russell Henley made the most of a week in Honolulu with his first career PGA victory and $1 million in prize money. Henley was 24-under for the tournament, shooting three 63s, including on the final day, to edge South Africa's Tim Clark by three strokes.
Humana Challenge - American Brian Gay won his fourth PGA title by outlasting Charles Howell III and Sweden's David Lingmerth in a three-man, two-hole playoff in La Quinta, California. Gay's birdie putt on the second playoff hole was the deciding factor in the $1 million victory.
Farmers Insurance Open - After a quiet first few weeks of the season, Tiger Woods notched the 75th tournament win of his career in convincing fashion, a 4-stroke victory over Snedeker and Josh Teater at Torrey Pines in San Diego. It was a classic Woods' victory, blaze to a huge lead early and then put it on cruise control. Snedeker led with a 65 on the first day, and Woods three strokes back, but Woods matched that 65 on day two and fired a 69 on day three.

Waste Management Phoenix Open - At home in Arizona, Phil Mickelson put together his 41st tour victory, winning by four strokes over Brandt Snedeker. Mickelson flirted with a 59 in the first round, firing 10 birdies, including four straight on holes 10-13 and another three on 16-18. No other player was close to that round and Mickelson wound up at 28-under.
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am - After finishing second twice in the first five tournaments of the season, Brandt Snedeker broke through for his first win of the year and the fifth of his career. Snedeker's closing round 65 was good enough to let him edge Chris Kirk by two strokes as he finished with a 19-under 267.

Northern Trust Open - Thirty-year-old John Merrick became the second first-time winner on tour of the year, edging Charlie Beljan in a two-hole playoff at Pacific Palisades in California. Merrick's par on the second playoff hole sealed the victory.
WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship - Matt Kuchar outdueled Hunter Mahan 2 and 1 to win the championship after knocking off Jason Day 4 and 3 in the semifinals.
The Honda Classic - Michael Thompson started fast and held on late to take a two-stroke win over Geoff Ogilvy at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida. Thompson shot a 3-under 67 on the first day and a 5-under 65 on the second, winding up 9-under par to earn just over $1 million.
WGC - Cadillac Championships - There was a time when Cadillac was the best a car could be and Tiger Woods was the best a golfer could be. Woods got back to that mindframe with a 19-under 269 to earn $1.5 million at the Blue Monster at Doral in Miami. It was his second win of the year as he held off fellow American Steve Stricker by two strokes. Woods blazed to 8-under through the first three rounds and held on from there.
Arnold Palmer Invitational - Woods made it three titles in about six weeks' time by edging Justin Rose by two strokes at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando. Woods shot a 13-under 275 to earn $1.116 million, despite trailing the leaders by four strokes after one day.
The Masters - In a battle for the ages, Australia's Adam Scott edged Argentina's Angel Cabrera on the second hole of their playoff to become the first man from Down Under to win at Augusta. Both Scott and Cabrera shot 9-under over 72 holes, but Scott birdied the second playoff hole with a gorgeous approach shot.

The pair finished two strokes ahead of another Australian, Jason Day, and four strokes ahead of Tiger Woods, the prohibitive favorite entering the tournament after a pair of wins in the month leading up&nb sp;to it. The weekend started an uncomfortable trend for former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who was never in contention and wound up tied for 25th.

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