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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 159 - PGA Wrap
WHENAdam Scott holed his extra time birdie putt to win the Masters in 2013 it signalled the end of an 18-year major winning drought. It also inspired other Australian golfers that they too might join Scott, one day, as a major champion. Jason Day doesn’t have to wonder what it feels like anymore. He is a major champion. After so many near misses during the past four years, the 27-year-old has fulfilled his dream of winning one of golf’s Grand Slam tournaments. Having finished in the top-four at a major six times since the 2011 Masters, Day is no longer the best player in the game without a major. By year’s end, he could be the best player in the world full stop. The Queenslander’s victory at Whistling Straits moved him to No.3 in the world ranking, while reigning Masters and US Open Champion Jordan Spieth supplanted Rory McIlroy at the top of the rankings, with the Ulsterman slipping to No.2. There is now a logjam at the top of the rankings and depending on the form of all three during the FedEx Cup playoffs, Day has a genuine chance of grabbing the world No.1 position by the end of the PGA Tour season. Looking further ahead, the prospect of more Australian victories in the majors has never been brighter. It is commonly held view that Day will be a force in the majors for a long time to come. Now that he has got the first win out of the way and he continues to remain healthy, he might just fulfil the prediction of some experts who reckon he will be this country’s greatest ever major champion. But unlike the years when Greg Norman was our greatest hope, Australia has a team of fine players who could grab their own slice of golfing history. Marc Leishman, who was desperately unlucky at The Open and now has three top-five major finishes in the past three years, is one who could emulate the fortunes of Day and Scott. Matt Jones proved at the PGA Championship he can be a contender in a major, while young Queenslander Cameron Smith has played just two major championships and has finished tied for fourth and 25th respectively. And then there is the evergreen 44-year-old John Senden, who has played arguably the best and most consistent golf of his long career since turning 40. The only real uncertainly about Australia’s major winning chances heading into 2016 will be how Scott deals with his putting issues as the anchored putting ban comes into effect on January 1. That said, he remains one of the game’s great ball-strikers and he’s too good a player not to contend again in a major. These are exciting times for Australia golf and with upstanding ambassadors like Day, Scott, Jones, Leishman and Co. representing us abroad, the men’s game couldn’t be in safer hands. OTG the VIEW THE DAWN OF A GOLDEN ERA JASON DAY’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY AT WHISTLING STRAITS IS JUST THE BEGINNING FOR AUSTRALIAN GOLFERS. by Brendan James Golf Australia editor Awarded #1 Overall Winner in the ‘2015 MyGolfSpy Most Wanted Driver Awards’ # 1 MOST WANTED DRIVER 2015 LEARN MORE
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