2013 Grades for All of Golf's Top Stars Through the First 3 Majors

Steve SilvermanFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2013

2013 Grades for All of Golf's Top Stars Through the First 3 Majors

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    The majors are the crown jewels of the golf season and the elite players in the sport get fired up to play in them.

    Reputations are forged in the majors and that's why Tiger Woods is considered one of the all-time greats and why Phil Mickelson's reputation took a big step up after winning the 2013 British Open.

    Here's a look at the grades for the top stars of the game in this year's first three majors.

    Earnings figures courtesy of PGATour.com.

Keegan Bradley

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    Major Finishes: Tied for 54th in Masters; Failed to make cut in U.S. Open; Tied for 15th in British Open.

    2013 Earnings: $2.350 million

    Analysis: The excitable Bradley has been awful in this year's majors. He couldn't find any part of his game at the Masters or the U.S. Open. While he was decent at the British Open, he was never a serious contender. For a player who has all the elements to be one of the best, he has been quite disappointing in the biggest tournaments.

    Grade: D

     

Bubba Watson

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    Major Finishes: Tied for 50th in Masters; Tied for 32nd in U.S. Open; Tied for 32nd in British Open.

    2013 Earnings: $1.387 million

    Analysis: It has not been a good year overall for Watson and he has not done anything to distinguish himself in the majors. After winning the 2012 Masters, he fell apart at Augusta this time around. There's a feeling that Watson was embarrassed because he could not make a better showing and his game has not come together.

    Grade: D

Dustin Johnson

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    Major Finishes: Tied for 13th in Masters; 55th in U.S. Open; Tied for 32nd in British Open.

    2013 Earnings: $1.928 million

    Analysis: It seems that Johnson is getting more headlines and publicity for his relationship with Paulina Gretzky than he is for his golf game. That's not good, because Johnson is one of the most gifted players on the tour. Unfortunately, he has not shown any of his talent when competing in the majors. He was mediocre in the Masters, but he offered nothing in the U.S. Open or the British Open.

    Grade: D+

Matt Kuchar

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    Major Finishes: Tied for 8th in Masters; Tied for 28th in U.S. Open; Tied for 15th in British Open.

    2013 Earnings: $4.448 million

    Analysis: Kuchar has enjoyed one of the best seasons of any player on the tour and he flashed a few decent rounds in the majors, but he has not played consistently. Kuchar seems to have the kind of personality and makeup to compete in all four rounds of a major. He has not done it to this point, however, because one bad hole seems to throw him off of his game. He should have a chance to redeem himself at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill in August.

    Grade: C-

Brandt Snedeker

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    Major Finishes: Tied for 6th in Masters; Tied for 17th in U.S. Open; Tied for 11th in British Open.

    2013 Earnings: $3.821 million

    Analysis: It seems that Snedeker is on the cusp of superstardom on the tour, and that the only thing missing is a major championship. Snedeker tends to stay calm and composed in most events, but when he's playing in a major, he seems to lose his confidence a bit if things go wrong for him. That's why he may find himself in the top 10 or top 20, but he has a difficult time staying with the leaders. Snedeker will have to make one or two mental adjustments before he wins his major.

    Grade: C

Tiger Woods

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    Major Finishes: Tied for 4th in Masters; Tied for 32nd in U.S. Open; Tied for 6th in British Open.

    2013 Earnings: $6.159 million

    Analysis: No player has ever been diagnosed or picked apart the way Tiger has throughout his career. He is clearly the most dominant player of his era and one of the greatest of all time. However, he has not won a major since 2008 and the pattern is all-too familiar. Woods often plays well in the two opening rounds and struggles in the final two rounds. Some people may refer to this as "choking." Until Woods can win his 15th major, the scrutiny will continue.

    Grade: C

Jason Day

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    Major Finishes: Third in Masters; Tied for 2nd in U.S. Open; Tied for 32nd in British Open.

    2013 Earnings: $2.668 million

    Analysis: Day has risen above expectations in the majors this season and nearly won the Masters and the U.S. Open. He dipped a bit in the British Open, but he has been quite impressive in the biggest events. He stays in the moment and has made a habit of taking advantage of his opportunities while not getting flustered if he has a bogey or two. His ability to stay even-keeled when others get frustrated is one of the big keys to his consistency.

    Grade: B+

Justin Rose

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    Major Finishes: Tied for 25th in Masters; Won the U.S. Open; Failed to make the cut in the British Open.

    2013 Earnings: $3.032 million

    Analysis: There's little doubt that Rose is an elite player in the game. He displayed his talent and perseverance when he won the U.S. Open in the difficult and demanding conditions at Merion. While he was a star at the most important North American tournament, he did little at the Masters and never found his game at the British Open as he failed to make the cut. Still, it has been an excellent major season for Rose.

    Grade: A-

Adam Scott

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    Major Finishes: Won the Masters; Tied for 45th in U.S. Open; Tied for 3rd in British Open.

    2013 Earnings: $2.799 million

    Analysis: Scott had a magnificent run in the Masters and earned his first major title when he defeated feisty Angel Cabrera in a playoff. Scott's victory was one of the most dramatic moments of the season as he displayed consistency and clutch play. While he never had his game together in the U.S. Open, he was back on track in the British Open. He had a chance to win it and even made an early run on the final day, but he had a run of four straight bogeys on the back nine that ended his chances of winning his second major of the year.

    Grade: A-

Phil Mickelson

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    Major Finishes: Tied for 54th in Masters; Tied for 2nd in U.S. Open; Won the British Open.

    2013 Earnings: $4.860 million

    Analysis: Prior to his British Open victory, Mickelson was somewhat depressed about his play in this year's majors. He had come so close to winning his first U.S. Open, but instead came in second for the sixth time in his career. Mickelson won at the Scottish Open to prepare for Muirfield, and it helped him quite a bit. His final round of 66 will go down in golf history. With a first-place finish at the British Open as well as a tie for second in the U.S. Open, it's been a sensational major run for Mickelson this year.

    Grade: A