Consider this: The Memorial Tournament starts on Thursday and in the field will be the top three players in the world – Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, in that order. All three are coming off victories in their last starts, Day winning the Players Championship, McIlroy the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and Spieth the most recent, taking the Dean & DeLuca Invitational on Sunday.
If you had any doubt as to where world golf stands, things should be much more certain. The best are at their best, just in time for three months of almost nonstop significant golf.
The U.S. Open is a little more than two weeks away and at the risk throwing a sprinkle on the Spieth fire, he still needs to clean up some of the ballstriking that we witnessed on Sunday at Colonial. No matter how good a putter he is, he won’t get away with a dodgy long game at Oakmont, which might be the toughest course in America.
Speaking of significant golf, the BMW PGA Championship, which used to be the European Tour’s flagship event until new Chief Executive Keith Pelley declared it otherwise last November, was won by Chris Wood, who at 6-5 stands head and shoulders above his competitors literally and figuratively.
And women’s golf has a new global star, Ariya Jutanugarn, a 20-year-old Thai who has now won her last three starts on the LPGA Tour. This is the same young woman who drowned her chance at the ANA Inspiration on the 18th tee in the final round.
That means Lydia Ko hasn’t won since the ANA. Call it kismet, if you like. READ LATEST ISSUE