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Mickelson, Rose bloom in summer of 2013

April

RBC Heritage - The UK's Graeme McDowell rallied from two strokes down to fore a playoff, then edged the US' Webb Simpson on the first hole to win the $1.044 million purse in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Simpson has seemingly taken command of the tournament with his third-round 65, but he came back to earth with a 71 on Sunday as McDowell fired a 2-under 69.

May

Wells Fargo Championship - Derek Ernst nipped Scotland's David Lynn in a playoff to win a tightly-contested field that saw nine players finish within three strokes of the lead at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ernst fired a 67-71-72-70 - 280.

After two days it didn't seem like a playoff would be necessary as Phil Mickelson sat at 9-under. But Mickelson struggled to consecutive 73s on Days 3 and 4, bogeying No. 16 and 17 on the final day to finish a stroke back.

The PLAYERS Championship - After a mid-season lull, Tiger Woods returned to prominence and cashed a $1.71 million paycheck in the process with a two-stroke victory over the trio of Kevin Streelman, Jeff Maggert and David Lingmerth.

Woods won the title in classic Woods' fashion, racing to 10-under with back-to-back 67s on the first two days of the tournament, then holding on late.Woods waivered late, with a double bogey on No.16 on the final, but bounced back to birdie No. 16 to stave off the competition.

The Memorial Tournament - American Matt Kuchar bookended a pair of 68s to win the Memorial Tournament at Murifield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, by two strokes over Kevin Chappell. Kuchar won $1.116 million as well. Kuchar was money on Sunday, hitting four birdies in a 10-hole stretch on Sunday.

June


US Open - The course at Merion in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, was the real winner, refusing to allow a single player to shoot under par. In the end, the UK's Justin Rose battled it best, finishing 1-over with a 71-69-71-70 - 281, to earn his first major and become the first British man to win the US Open since 1970, and the first to win any major sine Nick Faldo in 1996.

The four-day tournament had more history than that, however. Shawn Stefani became the first player to record a hole-in-one and Phil Mickelson faltered late to finish second for a career-record sixth time.

Mickelson led the first day by a stroke and shared the lead with fellow American Billy Horschel after two days, while Rose crept within a stroke.

By the end of the third day, only Mickelson was under par and he had a one-stroke lead over Hunter Mahan, Charl Schwartzel and Steve Stricker. Mickelson's meltdown was a slow burn on Sunday.

He double bogeyed No. 3 and No. 5, only to hit an eagle on No. 10 to get the lead back. Rose didn't back off, hitting birdies on No. 12 and No. 13 to take the lead for good.

July

The Open Championship - Phil Mickelson suddenly wasn't the sympathetic runner-up anymore, he became the impressive championship in a matter of moments. At Muirfield in East Lothian, Scotland, Mickeslon came out of nowhere to take the title, besting Sweden's Henrik Stenson by three strokes.

Mickelson recorded birdies on four of hte final six holes on Sunday to become the become the first British man to win the US Open since 1970, and the first to win any major sine Nick Faldo in 1996.

The four-day tournament had more history than that, however. Shawn Stefani became the first player to record a hole-in-one and Phil Mickelson faltered late to finish second for a career-record sixth time.

Mickelson led the first day by a stroke and shared the lead with fellow American Billy Horschel after two days, while Rose crept within a stroke.

By the end of the third day, only Mickelson was under par and he had a one-stroke lead over Hunter Mahan, Charl Schwartzel and Steve Stricker. Mickelson's meltdown was a slow burn on Sunday.

He double bogeyed No. 3 and No. 5, only to hit an eagle on No. 10 to get the lead back. Rose didn't back off, hitting birdies on No. 12 and No. 13 to take the lead for good.





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