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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 159 - PGA Wrap
J ORDAN Spieth departed Whistling Straits without the Wanamaker Trophy yet the two-time major winner did close the Grand Slam season as the world’s best golfer, which is the least you should expect when you claim two of the four and your worst result is a tie for fourth. This has been a season of revelation for the 22-year-old American. Few could have predicted such a rapid rise when he debuted on the PGA Tour as a 16-year- old schoolboy in his native Dallas at the 2010 Byron Nelson Championship, which, incidentally, was new PGA champion Jason Day’s first victory on tour. Even after sealing his maiden title on the circuit just three years later, all around him offered congratulations but understood that majors are far more difficult than John Deere Classics. Except no one told Jordan Spieth. We are not the first to suggest that Australia found out what was in the offing before the rest of the world did. By lighting up The Australian Golf Club with a brilliant Sunday 63 to win our Open last November, those on hand in Sydney that day earned a preview to all that 2015 in the majors held. Two wins, a second and a tie for fourth represent perhaps the third-best major season in golf history. At the PGA, Spieth had a chance to join Ben Hogan (1953) and Tiger Woods (2000) as the only men to garner three majors in a year. But much like the fields at Augusta National and Chambers Bay did with him, Spieth ran into a buzzsaw in the form of a white-hot Day at Whistling Straits just weeks after both men came up inches shy of joining the playoff for the Open Championship. It’s both exciting and frightening that a Grand Slam was a mere four strokes away from reality. Fittingly, Spieth is the new world No.1, the 18th man to climb to the summit. After Rory McIlroy went majorless in 2015, including missing The Open through injury, winning two of the Big Four should be near enough to automatic to reaching the pinnacle, yet it took a solo runner-up finish at the PGA to cement what we all figured out months ago: Jordan is king. “It was amazing,” Spieth said shortly after finishing three strokes behind Day. “You only get four a year; to have an opportunity to win all of them is so cool."
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