Jason Day is the best player in the world.
Four weeks ago, Jordan Spieth was the best player in the world.
Four months ago, Rory McIlroy was the best player in the world. Four weeks from now, any of them could be. The top three players in the world rankings are turning golf into a weekly Mad Lib.
“This week _______ proved he’s the only player in the world who can _______.”
And that’s what’s beautiful. This is what the game of golf looks like today, Monday, August 31, 2015.
We’ve seen this coming for the past two years. Even if your Big Three looked a little different, you knew it was where we were headed. We have been told time and again that it’s tougher than ever to win on the PGA TOUR, that Tiger has pushed the next generation of golf to reach new heights. The cream still rises to the top (there’s just more cream) and this generation’s 10 best players was trimmed to five or six. This summer, we’ve seen it trimmed to three.
Since Woods’ dominant five-win campaign in 2013, we’ve seen these three players, Day, Spieth and McIlroy snatch up 14 PGA TOUR victories and five of nine majors. Compared to Tiger’s dominance, what we’re seeing is parity, but it’s not really. If you think the field is equal when any of these three are playing their best golf, you’re kidding yourself (unless your transmission has an extra gear like Dustin Johnson or Bubba Watson).
The best part of all of this is seeing what happens next, which is good news for the FedExCup Playoffs. For the next three events, we’ll see all three, Day, Spieth and McIlroy, in action. Spieth is coming off a missed cut, McIlroy is coming off an injury and Day is coming off a dominating six-shot victory.
The rankings, and the previous sentence, may say one thing, but make no mistake, there are no favorites among golf’s new Big Three. Just fill in your Mad Lib and enjoy.