Earlier this week, Tiger Woods confirmed he was not making his return from back surgery at this week’s US Masters. The 40-year -old, 14-time Major champion has not played since the Wyndham Championship last August – but the golfing world is far from impatient in its wait for his return.
The ‘Big 3’ of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy are building momentum and their intriguing rivalry at the top of the men’s game over the next decade could entice the same narrative as the triumvirate of Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus during the 1960s and ’70s.
While the old ‘Big 3’ combined for 34 Majors, the current version have only combined for seven, although with all of them in their 20s, they have time on their side.
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There has been a real jostling of positions for that No.1 ranking, with McIlroy initially having a stranglehold on it before Spieth won back-to-back Majors last year, breaking records along the way. Then Jason Day, after so many top-5 finishes, finally cracked it at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straights.
But Day didn’t stop there. The Australian continued his momentum at the FedEx Cup playoffs, winning The Barclays and the BMW Championship to establish himself as the world No.1, only for Spieth to regain the top spot by claiming the Tour Championship.
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However, in the early part of 2016, Spieth has been off the boil and Day has capitalised by surging back to the summit of the men’s game by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC Match Play to head into the Masters in the hottest of form.
Add to those three, Adam Scott, Ricky Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson, among others, and the status quo of golf looks very healthy and exciting.
While Woods has been the most captivating golfer of our time and responsible for revolutionizing the sport, it’s fair to say he isn’t being missed.
Whether by accident or by design, golf isn’t dying without Tiger Woods – it is actually thriving without him.
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