The holidays are the perfect time of year to look back and reflect on things most important to us.
For us reading this, that means golf. So let's take a look at the fried egg's 5 most memorable stories of the 2015 season.
5. The Rise of the Young Gun
Not Spieth, Thomas, or Berger, but the rise of the amateur golfer contending with the world's best. This year we saw Paul Dunne lead the Open Championship going into the final round. Ollie Schneiderjans joined Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as only the third amateur since 1960 to make the cut at both the U.S. Open and the Open Championship in the same year. A total of six amateurs qualified for the weekend at the U.S. Open; a record number since 1966.
4. Tiger Down
A sad year for anyone who grew up in the Tiger Generation. For the first time since '97, golf fans didn't view Tiger as the odds-on-favorite every time he tee'd it up. In 2015 it became suprising when he even contended. Hampered by back injuries, Tiger has fallen to 414th in the world, his best finish was a t10th and he shot a career-worst 85 in the third round at the Memorial (a tournament he's won 5 times throughout his illustrious career).
3. More Heartbreak for Dustin Johnson
That weird moment when you find yourself feeling badly for the 8th ranked player in the world, who boasts 11 career professional wins and happens to be married to daughter of "The Great One" Paulina Gretzky, but...
Need I say more?
2. Dominant Day
It seemed as though Jordan Spieth had the "Player of the Year" award in the [golf]bag after his big U.S. Open win in June, but as it turned out, Jason Day was just getting started. Beginning with his t9th in June's U.S. Open (where he battled severe vertigo), Day put together one of the most dominant stretches in golf history. He played in 9 tournaments and won 4, including the PGA Championship and two FedEx Playoff events. He finished no worse than t12th and had a scoring average of 68.03. Day lapped the tour's best week after week, and in doing so joined an exclusive list of players with 5+ PGA Tour wins in one season in the past 20 years: Day, Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods and....
1. A New American Superstar is Born
2015 was the year an American 21 year old swept the PGA Tour by storm (sound familiar?) Spieth won 5 times in 2015, including two majors and the season-ending Tour Championship. His performance in the majors (1st, 1st, t4th, 2nd) will go down as one of the best seasons of all time, and Spieth's emergence came at a time when American golf was searching for their answer to Rory McIlroy. To be continued in 2016....