Golf is a major sport around the world. While it may not be a large spectator sport like American football or boxing, it still draws in a crowd of those in love with the lifestyle. The sport has some of the best athletes this world has ever seen. The sport leads an excellent example for a future generation of golfers, as well as bringing people together from all corners of the world to see a game they love so much. Although there isn’t much time to golf in Canada, due to short seasons, there are still many golf enthusiasts.
With an international audience, it’s obvious that there are plenty of international players. Many tournaments are held around to the world for them to show their skill, but there are only a few large tournaments that draw in millions of viewers at the same time. As well as giving out millions of dollars in prize money. During these times, golfers have the opportunity to become legendary.
The Masters was held back in April and was definitely a tournament to remember. Jordan Speith won with only four strokes over the next two competitors. The top four winners of this tournament were Jordan Speith (-18), Justin Rose (-14), Phil Mickelson (-14), and Rory McIlroy (-12). Speith birdied two out of three holes and took the tournament from there (GolfChannel). Watching Speith work through the course was a treat, so next time he is on the screen, and you have the chance to watch him play, you should.
Speith is now the second youngest person to win The Masters tournament, only being beaten by Tiger Woods by a few months. Speith walked away with $1.8 million. That is a large amount of money, but getting to put on that green jacket probably meant more to him than anything else (GolfChannel). Speith will continue to be a top contender for any tournament he participates in from now until years to come.
The U.S. Open
The U.S. Open was held back in June at Chambers Bay. The winner of The Masters also won this tournament. Jordan Speith is an outstanding athlete, and he continued to show it by his performance at the tournament. This day, Speith at 21 years old became the youngest person ever to hold the first two legs of a grand slam. The last person to do this did it in 2002 and his name was Tiger Woods (SBNation). Speith also became the youngest athlete to win two career titles since 1922. Speith took home another $1.8 million out of a $10 million purse. The top four winners of this tournament are as follows: Speith (-5), Oosthuizen (-4), Johnson (-4), and Scott (-3).
This Tournament was definitely one to behold. Speith could have actually lost if it wasn’t for Johnson missing on No. 18. Fortunately for Speith, he did and took his first strides towards becoming legendary (SBNation). He already holds records for winning tournaments at such a young age; it’s going to be fun to watch him progress through the rest of his career. It is too early to tell exactly where he’ll end up when all things are said and done. If his performance so far is any indication as to his placement at the end of his career, every spectator out there should be excited to watch such a young player attempt to reach his potential.
The British Open was held back in July at St. Andrews. The winner of this tournament was Zach Johnson. This British open was actually the longest British Open ever, but after five days and a four-hole play, Zach Johnson won the 144th Open Championship.
Johnson won the Masters back in 2007, so he is seen as “under-appreciated” in the PGA Tour players’ roster, although he has been consistent over the years. He may now have a chance at a spot in the World Golf Hall Of Fame (SBNation). Johnson may not be a fan favorite or a household name, but he is definitely a force to be reckoned with.
Probably the most disappointing part of this tournament was watching Speith’s attempt at a grand slam die at the 18th (SBNation). Speith is still definitely the one to watch, but congratulations are in order for Johnson. He took home $1.8 million from the $10 million purse.
Although Jason Day won the PGA Championship, Jordan Speith took the spot as the number one ranked golfer in the world. As a new fan favorite, Speith is becoming a household name for those that pay attention to the world of golf (TheGuardian).
The top 4 of the PGA Championship tournament were as follows: Day (-20), Speith (-17), Grace (-15), Rose (-14). Every single person there played their heart out, but Day ultimately came out on top and took home the prize (TheGuardian). Day walked away with a trophy and $1.8 million from a $10 million purse, similar to all the other tournaments (PGA).
Day and Speith should be at the top of anyone’s list of golfers to watch. With both golfers being the top two ranked in the world, according to FedExCup standings, they have a future filled with jackets, trophies, and large amounts of winnings. The last time we witnessed such greatness from the start of a career was from Tiger Woods, who continues to golf and is known to many as the best there ever was.
It is yet to be seen if he is the best there ever will be, but you can be sure that Day and Speith will give them a run for their money. Keep up with their performances with tournaments going on at this moment. Currently, they will be competing at the Barclays tournament in Edison, N.J.
PGA has them on their top five lists of who to watch at this tournament, along with Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar, and Dustin Johnson. Each of these individuals has their eyes and hearts set out for the FedEx Cup, which will be another fantastic tournament to watch.