Aussies Rule: 31 Wins Worldwide in 13 Months
Palm Harbor, Florida: It has to be an Australian golfing milestone!
No other country, including the mighty U.S. and its ultra-lucrative PGA Tour, has enjoyed as much success in such a short time frame on golf’s global stage than Australian born male professionals have achieved the past 13 months.
Jason Day celebrates after sinking his long putt on the 18th hole of the final round of the RBC Canadian Open (Credit: Getty Images)
In this time, and up to an including Scott Hend’s victory in the True Thailand Classic and hours after Matthew Griffin birdied the last to capture the prized New Zealand Open title, Australian male golfers have captured 31 victories.
It has seen Australia’s male professionals, headed by World No. 3 Jason Day, capturing tournaments in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Japan, Canada, France, Fiji, Argentina, Macau, South Africa, Malaysia and Thailand.
Remarkably makes successes on six of the world’s seven continents.
In addition, Hend’s victory at Black Mountain set a new European Tour record with five Tour victories by five different Australians since the Tour kick-started in 1972.
Australia’s remarkable run of victories in just over a year began with Richard Green winning the Vic Open but then it was Day’s Farmers Insurance Open success, and the first of five wins in 2015 for the Ohio-based Aussie, also that week in February 2015 that was the catalyst for a phenomenal run of success.
Of course, two outstanding highlights was Day’s four victories in five starts commencing with his RBC Canadian Open success and including also capturing an emotional first Major success in lifting the Rodman Wanamaker Trophy in winning the PGA Championship.
And recently, Australian golf has glowed in the success of Adam Scott winning back-to-back on the PGA Tour in capturing the Honda Classic and a week later, a second WGC title in Miami and hours after fellow Queenslander Brad Kennedy was handed the New Zealand PGA Championship trophy.
In fact, there has been also five weeks this past 13 months, including this week, when two Australians have dominated in winning on the same week on different tours.
It begs the question whether or not Australians have ever enjoyed such success in a similar 12/13 month time frame.
Nonetheless, it speaks volumes for the strength of ‘Down Under’ golf at the game’s highest level, and we still have four Majors, two WGC titles and the Australian summer of golf later this year to be contested in 2016.