With all sporting eyes on the United Kingdom and Rugby World Cup 2015, most of us will not have even noticed what transpired in America this past weekend.
Exciting times are ahead for world golf, as Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day seem to be fully capable of forming a tripartite domination, which was last witnessed with the sense of certainty of Palmer, Nicklaus and Player– who together raked in 34 majors.
Last week it was Australian Jason Day who took hold of the World Number One ranking, but that only served to fire up two time major winner this year, Jordan Spieth. On Sunday Jason Day’s stint as world No.1 was over after just one week , as Spieth usurped him by winning the Tour Championship and season-long FedEx Cup .
Spieth capped off a stellar year with a huge $US11.4 million payday, shooting a final round one-under-69 to end four shots clear of the field.
With his fifth win of the year, including the Masters and US Open, Spieth broke the PGA Tour money record by adding $1.4 million for the East Lake win, taking him to $US12,030,465 for the season. Add to that the FedEx Cup bonus of $10 million as well, making his 2015 season worth more than $22 million.
Jordan Spieth had the following to say about Jason Day’s rich run of recent form:
It makes me want to get back to the level I was playing at this whole year, to get on top of my game. And then see if the top of my game can beat the top of anybody else’s game when they’re at their very best.”
Now, these three players will certainly be looking for some long rest, as they fire themselves up for who will win the majors next year – and who will step up to the next level of great in 2016.
Even after the disappointment of Henrik Stensen draining a 57-foot birdie putt on the last hole on Sunday, which relegated him to third in the season-long points, and dropped his bonus money from $US3 million to $US2 million – Jason Day had this to say:
It’s been a great year. To be able to win a Major Championship, and then also to get to No. 1 has been a life-long dream of mine. Now that it’s over, I’m looking forward to getting some rest. Really trying to take care of my body in the off-season to come back as a new person for next year. And a lot more motivated a lot more hungry to stay on top of the world.”
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The synergy between my body and my golf swing is matching perfectly. That’s where I can just get up there and I can rip at it, get the ball down as far as I can. ” said Day.
Now, it’s not only the individual synergy, but the tripartite synergy of these three young golfers, which is most likely to set the golfing world alight in 2016 and beyond.
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