Golf Digest editors picks
Golf World

Newsmakers Of The Year
No. 1: Tiger Woods

Maybe there isn't anything newsy about choosing Woods as the year's top newsmaker. But we aren't hitting the default button. Even without winning a major championship to gain any ground on Jack Nicklaus' career record, Woods in 2013 was a bigger lightning rod than ever. He was the subject of the calamitous carom at Augusta and cascading criticism, culminating with Brandel Chamblee's implication of cheating following his moving-ball penalty at the BMW Championship. Woods' failure to fire at Merion, Muirfield or Oak Hill -- contrasting so sharply with virtuoso performances at the Players and Firestone -- saw the 14-time major winner who now hasn't broken 70 on the weekend in nine straight Grand Slam events widely diagnosed with major-itis. But Woods hardly seemed haunted in his surprisingly public displays of affection for his two young children and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, who further humanized him by telling an interviewer Woods is "dorky." Through it all, Woods won five times on the PGA Tour, reclaimed world No. 1 and was voted the tour's player of the year by his peers. Is the game's best player still good enough to be the best of all time? Who knows, but it's because the question endures that he remains golf's biggest newsmaker.

The latest on golf digest

Phil Mickelson
Not So Fast . . .
7 players who've never had the top spot.
What's In My Bag: Billy Horschel
What's In My Bag
Billy Horschel
World's 100 Greatest Golf Courses
Course Rankings
World's 100 Greatest
Swing Sequence: Adam Scott
Swing Sequences
Adam Scott
. Close

Thank you for signing up for the newsletter.

You will receive your first newsletter soon.
Subscribe to Golf World

Subscribe today

Twitter

Golf Digest Perks

Golf Digest Tablet Editions