Most impressive and disappointing starts to the 2013 PGA Tour season

Rory McIlroy
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The start to the 2013 PGA Tour season has been far from ideal for world No. 1 Rory McIlroy.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Monday, March 04, 2013 | 8:26 a.m.


The 2013 PGA Tour season is still young, but with two full months having passed since it officially teed off in Hawaii, now is the time to look at some of the most impressive and disappointing players thus far.
Nick Juskewycz, a contributor for, did that in his latest piece.
Juskewycz wrote: 
The 2013 PGA season is in full swing, and the best golfer on the PGA Tour currently isn't Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson. 
Sure, McIlroy is the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Rankings, Woods coasted to a four-shot victory at Torrey Pines and Mickelson's score of 28-under made TPC Scottsdale look like an average municipal golf course.
However, people want to see McIlroy develop more consistency in his young career. Golf fans want to make Augusta the loudest place on the planet again when Tiger dominates on Sunday. Everyone is still waiting for Mickelson to close the door at the U.S. Open and Open Championship.
Through nine weeks, there have been several other golfers that are more noteworthy of PGA Tour headlines in 2013. Here are the players who qualify.
For context on McIlroy, he's only made two starts on the PGA Tour this season. He was bounced from the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and then withdrew in controversial fashion from the Honda Classic last week, a place where he gained the No. 1 ranking in the world in 2012 with a victory. Also, he's famously switched all his clubs and golf ball from Titleist to Nike and it hasn't been a smooth transition.
McIlroy, Woods and Mickelson are all back in action this week for the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.
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