For those players among the top 50 in the Official World Ranking who had not otherwise earned an invitation to the Masters, Sunday's final standings for 2013 marked a significant point on the calendar.
Tiger Woods offered few details about what appeared to be a left elbow injury that was bothering him during the first round of the U.S. Open, but also showed no obvious signs of pain as he finished a 3-over-par 73 on Friday.
Doing his best to move on from the controversy with Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods on Tuesday said there hasn't "been time" for an apology for the Spanish star's "fried chicken" comments from three weeks ago.
The Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia flap has taken another turn, as two marshals who were working the second hole at the TPC Sawgrass on Saturday dispute the account of two other marshals who accused Woods of lying.
Sergio Garcia discussed a possible rules violation with PGA Tour officials at Quail Hollow Golf Club after a television viewer called in because it appeared he had marked his ball improperly on the 17th green.