with Robert Bicknell
Despite some last minute heroics and wishful thinking from the golf community "down under," Jordan Spieth put his stamp on the year, claiming it as his own. Sure, Jason Day also had a hell of a year and, in any other circumstances would be a shoe-in for Player of the Year, but, C'mon, Jordan is the man of the year.
Henrik Stenson was looking to throw a monkey wrench in to the works of the Spieth juggernaut, until Spieth hit one of those shots usually reserved for Tiger Woods (in the old days) which caused Stenson to back up a step. Yes, I am referring to that 48-foot putt.
It was pretty much all over after that.
Jason Day has nothing to be ashamed about. He had a great year and, best of all, he emerged the same guy as he went in. Day is just a hell of a nice guy and there is nothing pretentious about him.
The question is what will happen next year.
Barring any more stupid accidents, Rory McIlroy will remain healthy and looking to reclaim his former number one spot; Jason Day will look to come out fast and continue his charge as well.
Spieth really doesn't have anything to prove, except he's only 22 years old and that's kind of young to rest on your laurels. He has a lot more golf and a lot more time to claim whatever legacy he can during his career.
As expected, many in the media (who are looking for anything they can to remain relevant) have already started the "Is Jordan Spieth the next Tiger Woods" crap. As I mentioned before, Tiger is Tiger, Jordan is Jordan and Jack was Jack. They have the opportunity to be the best golfer of their generation, but you simply cannot compare a golfer from one generation to the next because nothing is the same.
How many majors would Jack Nicklaus have won with today's technology? How many majors would Jack have won if playing against the same caliber of player that Tiger Woods went against?
No, I am NOT belittling Tom Watson, Lee Trevino or any of the top players of that generation, but the truth of the matter is that Tiger Woods had many more potential adversaries than Jack had in his day.
How many majors would have Jack Nicklaus won on courses we have today?
See what I mean? We simply cannot compare players of then compared to today.
What about Old Tom Morris playing with today's equipment? How would he have fared?
Sam Snead was ridiculously long with the equipment of his day, how would he have done with today's equipment? I imagine Bubba Watson would be watching in awe as Snead passed him in the air.
We should just accept that Palmer was not Nicklaus, who was not Woods and was not Spieth (or Day or McIlroy). We should just sit back and enjoy the players we have today and imagine what the future will hold. Players continue to improve, equipment becomes more refined and golf courses evolve to meet the challenge of protecting par.
This is how it should be.
Personally, I think next year will be nothing short of amazing and we will see a hell of a horse race as the big guns try to outdo each other.
I don't think we have seen this many excellent players so tightly grouped in a long time. Tiger Woods virtually erased any hint of competition and it was assumed he would win anything he wanted to. Some players thought that the only reason he didn't win everything was because he didn't want to.
That is no longer the case. We have a great group of highly talented players, anyone of whom can win at any given time. One lapse out there will mean defeat as the others swarm.
It's gonna be fun.
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