Because of the Olympics, golf’s major season is compressed into just a few weeks. And if Sunday’s events are any indication of what our summer season might look like, you might not go outside or at the very least, you will put your DVR through quite a workout.
Brooke Henderson and Lydia Ko navigated claustrophobic Sahalee like they were playing in a 10-acre field before Henderson hit what might be the shot of the year – thus far – in the playoff for a kick-in birdie to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship for her first major at age 18.
On the PGA Tour Champions, Bernhard Langer won the Constellation Senior Players Championship for the third time – in a row – with a gutsy 12-footer for par on the final hole at age 58.
There was no major at Memphis but Daniel Berger, who is considered by some to be a star in waiting, won his first PGA Tour title at the FedEx St. Jude Classic at age 23, beating 45-year-old Phil Mickelson and 49-year-old Steve Stricker down the stretch.
Now, the eyes of the golf world turn toward Oakmont and the U.S. Open. Perhaps the most difficult course in the U.S., Oakmont will be the quintessential U.S. Open examination – brutal and relentless.
While world No. 1 Jason Day and No. 3 Rory McIlroy take their share of the focus, it’s Jordan Spieth who can win back-to-back Opens, which hasn’t happened since Curtis Strange in 1988-89.
It would be quite a feat, especially for Spieth – at age 22. With apologies to Langer, majors lately haven’t been wasted on the young. Not by a long shot.