2015 The Year In Review
In 2015 there was no bigger star than Jordan Spieth. His convincing Masters victory and nail biting besting of Dustin Johnson at the US Open were among the year’s highlights. Every time you turned on the TV it seemed that Spieth was cashing in another winner’s check. His gutty determination and likable demeanor have sky rocked this young gun into favor with golf fans everywhere.
Once labeled the “most overrated player in golf,” Fowler silenced the critics with a heroic win at the Player’s Championship. Once viewed as nothing more than a flashy dresser and social media sensation, his recent play has positioned him fairly within any discussion of top players in the game.
Arguably the games greatest player ever, 2015 marked another forgettable outing for Woods. Changing to a fourth swing coach, Tiger’s low point would have to be the unthinkable 85 he carded at Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament. Faced with another season ending injury and life over 40 it’s hard to think he’ll be much of a factor from here on out.
Love Wins Big
While Tiger struggles with 40, PGA legend Davis Love proved that age is just a number. A final round 64 propelled the 51 year old into the winner’s circled at the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship. Looking much like he did when he stepped into the professional ranks in 1985, his sweet swing well kept physique made Love the third oldest player ever to win on the PGA Tour.
Not to be outdone in the record setting department, the ladies of the LPGA put on a show for the ages at this year’s US Open. Taking center stage at Lancaster Country Club in the smallish town of Lancaster Pennsylvania, over 134,000 people turned out to cheer on the game’s best. The largest crowd in US Women’s Open history, Lancaster showed how putting a big event in a small market city can supercharge community excitement and support.
Golf Gets Socially Shameless
Major golf media have gone gaga over attractive golfing women posting provocative images on social media. As young players such as Paige Spiranac have gained social momentum, their daily activity has been pushed to the game’s forefront as relevant news. Spiranac, who has yet to earn her way into a professional event, was recently granted a sponsor exemption to play in the Dubai Ladies Masters. I don’t blame Spiranac at all for taking advantage of the opportunity. I am concerned with the message the sponsor exemption sends to more deserving athletes who may not meet the physical criteria associated with being deemed attractive by popular culture. I understand that in today’s game, golf and entertainment go hand in hand. When it comes to access to the field, that line should only be crossed by those who earn their way in.
Top Golf Takeover
You may have heard of a new business venture called “Top Golf.” Golf’s new ultimate experience, Top Golf, has infused much needed levels of accessibility, flexibility and fun into the game. Basically a driving range on steroids, Top Golf is part practice facility, part night club and part family fun center. Its modern design and slick marketing campaigns are bringing golfers new and old out of the woodwork for a fresh expression of what a golf experience can be. With locations across the US proving to be highly profitable, Top Golf expects to unveil its latest masterpiece in Roseville California soon.
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Rory Rocks The World
After a relatively quiet 2015, expect McIlroy to seriously turn up the heat. The emergence of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and other rising stars have proven the future of the professional game is safe for years to come. In what may turn out to be one of the most exciting years in recent memory, don’t be surprised to see Rory finish as Player Of The Year, while winning multiple majors.
Scotty’s Putting Perils
With the anchoring ban going into effect expect a number of players to stumble in the putting game. One name to watch is Adam Scott. Although he has publicly said it won’t make much difference, players usually only anchor when all else has failed. One of the game’s top talents, I hope he’s right.
PXG Makes A Splash
GoDaddy Founder, Bob Parsons, launches the next big thing with his PXG Golf Company. Boasting an unlimited budget and some of the game’s top engineers, Parsons has made a commitment to being an innovative and disruptive force in the world of equipment manufacturing. Can such a new company really make a big splash? Expect Parsons to announce very soon a number of the game’s biggest names have switched to PXG!
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