The young guns have left their mark on the prestigious US-based PGA Tour in 2015. These four men won 14 tournaments in the year between them and seem to have heralded in a new era. We take a brief look at Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and of course, Rory Mcllroy, as the youngsters who were in the spotlight this year:
Currently atop the official World Golf Rankings, Spieth had an outstanding 2015 with five wins and an equal number of Top 3 finishes. All of 22, the American’s consistency has made him stand out from the competition. His US Open win earlier in the year made him the youngest to do so since 1923. Another highlight of his was his record-tying win at the 2015 Masters Tournament, something he shares with Tiger Woods. He also ended up winning this year’s FedEx Cup, earning a total prize money of more than US $12 million in 2015.
The soon-to-be 28 years-old Aussie also racked up five tournament victories but was behind Spieth in terms of overall performances and finished second in the rankings. He was also briefly ranked number 1 in the year. Day won his first major title by clinching the 2015 PGA Championship by a record margin of 20 strokes under par. He was also diagnosed with vertigo which he seemed to have brushed aside after initial difficulties at the 2015 US Open.
Another soon-to-be 28 year-old, Fowler notched up two tournament wins in 2015 and his Scottish Open victory propelled him to a career-high fifth in the rankings. He is a former top-ranked amateur golfer and also has two Top 3 finishes on the tour. Earned a prize money of more than US$ 5.7 million this year.
The Northern Irishman finished the year at number 3 in the world rankings and at 26, he is already one of the more established golfers on both the PGA and European Tours. He won two tournaments this year, not a large number by his high standards. He held the top ranking for 95 weeks before losing the crown to Jordan Spieth earlier in the year. Not to forget, he is the youngest to earn US $10 million on the PGA Tour and also the only man to win 10 PGA Tour events and four Majors by the age of 25 apart from legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.