Tiger Woods is recovering from another back surgery. Phil Mickelson bowed out of the FedEx Cup Playoffs after Chicago. But the excitement for golf’s young guns is overshadowing their absences.
Especially exciting is the leader of the pack’s performance this season. Jordan Spieth is the youngest, at 22, but also the poster child (if you will) for the youth movement on tour. With two majors, five PGA TOUR wins, and 15 top 10s, he has put together the kind of year that Tiger did in his heyday.
Joining him are Jason Day (with five overall wins including the PGA Championship, the WGC Bridgestone, and two FedEx Cup playoff events), Rickie Fowler (two wins), and Rory McIlroy (two wins). None of them finished higher than 15th in FedEx Cup points, with Spieth and Day going one-two. 2016 could be a lot of fun.
Let’s hit the links.
Hole #1: Spieth Wins It All
Jordan Spieth capped off his remarkable year by winning the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup, all at the tender age of 22. [Link]
Hole #2: The Big Three (or Four)
With wins in the FedEx Cup playoffs by Spieth, Fowler and Day (twice), it’s looking like the big three/four is for real. Good thing next season starts in a few weeks; the wait would seem interminable. [Link]
Hole #3: Jaidee Wins European Open
Thailand Thongchai Jaidee won for the seventh time on the European Tour. [Link]
Hole #4: Monkey See…
When a strip club called the Pink Monkey held a golf outing on a public Chicago course, residents were not amused. [Link]
Hole #5: Gutted
Suzann Pettersen apologizes for violating the spirit of the game (and inciting the American comeback). [Link]
Hole #6: Bombs Away
Shocking! It turns out that the pros are hitting the ball really far. [Link]
Hole #7: Nerves
How do you prepare for a final round for all the marbles? [Link]
Hole #8: Love Child
So if Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy had a kid… [Link]
Hole #9: Dustin’s Digs
OK, so I don’t feel quite so bad for D.J. about missing those putts at the U.S. Open, any more. [Link]