Top 10 Things We’ve Learned From Q1 Of 2015

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1. Parity is Ruling the Tour

Including Matt Every’s win Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, 19 different golfers have won the past 19 PGA Tour events. That dates back to last year. The Tour hasn’t gone this long without a multiple winner since 1994.

2. It Still Rains in Florida…A Lot

The Honda Classic marks the PGA Tour’s first stop in Florida. Surprise surprise, it rains a heck of a lot in the sunshine state. Play was suspended twice and the weather got really ugly during the third round. It wasn’t until Monday when the tournament finally wrapped up and was won by Padraig Harrington.

3. Even Rory McIlroy Has Bad Days

In the second round of the 2015 World Golf Championships – Cadillac Championship, Rory McIlroy hit his 222-yard approach into the water at the par-5 8th hole, tosses his club into the water and would go on to card a bogey. Sometimes even the pros have off days.

4. Concerns Over Drug Testing

The PGA Tour’s drug testing policy is becoming more and more of a topic of conversation. Dustin Johnson’s comeback from his leave of absence started talk about his rumored drug usage. Then Dan Olsen, a former PGA professional, made scathing comments to a radio show about Tiger Woods. Before retracting, Olsen claimed he had knowledge that Woods is currently serving a suspension for PED usage. And just the other week, John Daly went nuts on the tour’s drug policy, calling it a complete joke.

5. Hole-In-Ones Are Getting Easier

In the third round of the 2015 World Golf Championships – Cadillac Championship, Dustin Johnson and J.B. Holmes both holes their 227-yard tee shots for a hole-in-one on the par-4 4th hole. It was the first time since the 2013 Barclays that there has been two aces on the same hole in the same round.

6. Phoenix Open is Still The Coolest Tournament On Tour

Held during Super Bowl week, the Phoenix Open is the best attended event on the PGA Tour. In 2013, it set a PGA Tour single day attendance record with 179,022 fans. In 2014, it broke the single-day record with 189,772 and set a tournament week attendance record of 563,008 fans. The Phoenix Open gets a lot of college students from nearby Arizona State University, giving the event a much younger vibe than other tour events. The highlight of the Phoenix Open is no doubt the par-3 16th hole, due to the amphitheater like atmosphere.

7. 297 is a Lucky Number

In late February and early March, James Hahn and Padraig Harrington won back-to-back PGA events (Northern Trust Open and the Honda Classic). Incredibly, both were ranked 297th in the world at the time.

8. Callaway, Titleist & TaylorMade are Dominating

Of the 12 PGA Tour events already in the books for 2015, 10 of them have been won by players who play with or are sponsored by Callaway, Titleist and TaylorMade.

Callaway: Patrick Reed, Alex Cejka, Matt Every
Titleist: Jimmy Walker, Bill Haas, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth
TaylorMade: Jason Day, James Hahn, Dustin Johnson

9. Tiger Woods is Still The Most Talked About Golfer in the World

It’s amazing isn’t it? Ever since withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open in early February, people just can’t seem to stop talking about Tiger Woods. The 14 time major winner hasn’t played since, and his status for the Masters next month remains cloudy. Every week though, a new opinion emerges on what’s wrong with Tiger. It’s further proof that Woods is still the most widely recognized athlete on tour, and in the world.

10. Rory McIlroy is The ‘Next Guy’

Step aside Tiger. Rory McIlroy now has something else that once belonged to you — the cover of EA Sports’ latest video game. EA Sports announced last week that McIlroy will be the new face of its golf series. “Rory McIlroy PGA Tour” will be released in June. EA Sports built its PGA Tour series around Woods from 1998 until it ended its relationship with him in 2013.

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