We’ve talked endlessly about the sensational rise of Jordan Spieth and Jason Day this year. Between them, they have won three major championships in 2015 and a total of 9 PGA TOUR events. But this isn’t even a shadow on Tiger Woods’ 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons.
Jason Day completed his fifth win of the year at the BMW Championship at the ripe old age of 27. The Queensland native has won four of his past six events, a number that points back to his childhood hero, Tiger Woods.
It’s hard to imagine anyone could have a better season than Day’s, but think about this. Tiger Woods had six seasons that were far superior. Six seasons in fact. At the time, it became almost normal for Woods to reel off two majors and a handful of PGA TOUR events in any given year.
Furthermore, Tiger Woods had 10 different seasons where he won 5 PGA TOUR events. Day would need 10 (ONE. ZERO.) years like 2015 to get anywhere close to his hero’s mark. While it doesn’t take away from anything that Day has done, it is further evidence that Tiger Woods performed miracles. Literally, miracles.
Jordan Spieth’s year has been followed by golfers and non-golfers alike, who were transfixed to see if the young 22-year old could achieve the Grand Slam. 2015 has been an incredible year by Spieth, but by Woods’ standards it is merely good.
That’s not to take anything away from either Spieth or Day. Even by comparing them in the same breath as the second greatest player ever is a testament to their incredible runs. They just have a long way to go…