Year In Review: Golf Major Championships 2015
By Peter Santo
2015 was a great year for the game of golf. We found the next American golf superstar in Jordan Spieth, who put together one of the best seasons in major championship history, a rejuvenated Zach Johnson seemingly had a rebirth at the home of golf in becoming the champion golfer of the year, and Jason Day emphatically took his name off the “best players yet to win a major,” list.
It all began as it always does, in April at Augusta National, where a star was born before our eyes. Jordan Spieth blitzed Augusta National with a Thursday 64 and never looked back. He yelled at his ball, hit unbelievable flop shots on his way four stroke victory over Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose.
In June it was on to Chambers Bay and the US Open, and while the condition of the golf course got a lot of attention, there was a tournament to be played. Dustin Johnson held the 54 hole lead and was looking to win his maiden major championship. It appeared as if DJ was going to end the drought with a 12 foot putt at 18 for the championship. But a 3 putt left DJ in tears and handed Jordan Spieth his second major title.
It was on to the Open Championship at the home of golf at St. Andrews and all eyes were on Spieth as he continued his quest for the grand slam. Entering Monday’s final round it looked as if either Spieth was going to win his first Claret Jug or Jason Day was going to win his first major. However 2007 Masters champ Zach Johnson had other ideas. With Spieth and Day coming up just short at 18 it was Johnson who took the Claret Jug after defeating Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff.
In August it was onto Kohler, Wisconsin and Whistling Straits for the PGA Championship. All eyes were on Jordan Spieth as he looked for his third major of 2015 as well of Rory Mcilroy, who returned to competition for the first time since the US Open. The leaderboard was bunched up the first two days, but once the weekend hit, there was no stopping Jason Day. Day rode his high towering shots and hot putter to his maiden major championship and gave rise to a possible new big three in golf.
2015 was an unbelievable year, and the game of golf could not be in a better place. See y’all in April at Augusta to do it all over again.