Sunday: How Will POY Jordan Spieth do in 2016?

Jordan Spieth had arguably the best season in golf history — and he did it at age 21!  So how will Jordan do next year?  Let’s let history be our guide.

Here’s a chart showing the followup years for Players of the Year going back to 2010 for all players who have won at least one major in their career.  With the exception of golfers named Rory McIlroy, you can see POYs have not had much success the following year.

2015  Jordan Spieth    ???      ???
2014  Rory McIlroy   3 wins, 9 top tens
2013  Tiger Woods    0 wins, 0 top tens
2012  Rory McIlroy   1 win,  9 top tens
2010  Jim Furyk      0 wins, 5 top tens
2009  Tiger Woods    0 wins, 5 top tens

One thing this chart shows us is just how dominating Rory McIlroy was.  Will Jordan be able to follow in Rory’s footprints?


Thongchai!  The New York Times (or the AP, really) has a super article about Thongchai Jaidee and the other Asian players on the Presidents Cup team.  An enjoyable read and I learned a few things.  Old school journalism — an endangered species in this world of 150 insipid bloggers posting the same stupidstics and trick shot videos each and every day.

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Don’t Cry For Me, Emiliano:  The American copycatstream golf media is finally covering Emiliano Grillo.  Lanny, you’ll remember, was Continue reading

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TGIF Thoughts


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All You Can Do is Laugh Dept.

Bragging about this would be akin to bragging about tying my shoes, so I’ll just shrug and sigh, and laugh at how predictable (and awful) the Continue reading

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Thursday Thoughts: Grantland article “Daring to Ask the PED Question,” and Other Stuff

An Honest Sportswriter?  First off, this Grantland article (“Daring to Ask the PED Question”) by Bill Simmons surely made some jaws drop.  The subheading is: “If everyone is secretly suspicious of so many athletic achievements in the 21st century, why aren’t we talking about it?”  Here’s the opening Continue reading

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Jumbled Wednesday Thoughts on Golf, Tennis, Woods, PEDs

First a comment on Morning Drive, and Shackelford’s week as a guest host.  I turned it on this morning as the intro was on, and I was informed Continue reading

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Support is Growing for Spieth as Sportsman of the Year

Support is growing for Jordan Spieth to be named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.  Here’s a sampling: Continue reading

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