Future of golf in good hands with new 'Big Three' on top

Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:55pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Jordan Spieth's twin win in the Tour Championship and FedExCup playoffs aptly ended a magnificent PGA Tour season for himself and the sport of golf which has enthusiastically embraced a new 'Big Three.'

Spieth, 22, put his stamp on the 2014-15 season with five titles, including wins at the Masters and U.S. Open, a record $12 million in official PGA Tour earnings plus the $10 million FedExCup bonus, and the low adjusted scoring average.

The Texan's sensational season signoff at East Lake took the drama out of the upcoming vote by his peers for PGA Tour Player of the Year despite a remarkable run by 27-year-old Jason Day.

The long-hitting Australian won four of six events leading up to the Tour Championship, including the PGA Championship for his maiden major, and had a taste of being world number one.

The campaign's one-two punch of Spieth and Day followed a commanding season from Rory McIlroy, the 26-year-old Northern Irishman who closed last year's majors season by winning the British Open and PGA as he reigned as world number one.

Then things got dizzy at the top.

Spieth and McIlroy traded places for four straight weeks after the PGA. Red-hot Day took over last Monday for a one-week stay until Spieth reclaimed top spot with his Sunday triumphs for the sixth successive change at number one.

There has not been a troika anything like this since the days of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player.   Continued...

Sep 27, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jordan Spieth stands with his trophies after winning the final round of the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports