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Young Guns Emerge; APN's Senior Sports Writer Wayne Heming Casts His Eye over the Highlights from Courses across the Globe in 2015

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Young Guns Emerge; APN's Senior Sports Writer Wayne Heming Casts His Eye over the Highlights from Courses across the Globe in 2015

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THE past 12 months may have seen the demise of one of the greatest golfers of all time in Tiger Woods, but it also saw the arrival of young Texan Jordan Spieth who showed he was ready to step into the spikes of the 14-time major winner.

Spieth was one of four 20-something multiple winners who had fans salivating at the battles that could take the sport to a new level in years to come.

The other three were Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Aussie Jason Day, who achieved his dream of reaching the world's No.1 ranking after a purple patch late in the season.

Close but no cigar

Golfer of the year Jordan Spieth came close to joining the incomparable Ben Hogan as the second man in history to win the first three majors in a season, falling one shot short of a three-way playoff at the British Open.

Still, his magnificent victories in both the US Masters in April, where the 21-year-old broke a host of scoring records by shooting 18 under, and then in the US Open, made 2015 a year previously reserved for only the game's greats, such as Woods, who won the last three majors of the year in 2000.

Spieth kick-started his magical 12 months with a victory in the Australian Open in Sydney last December, shooting an amazing closing round of 63, and signed off with a win in the lucrative FedEx Cup.

Day dream believer

Jason Day's eyes filled with tears as he tapped in a putt for victory in his first major, the PGA Championship.

The boy from Beaudesert wept openly in the arms of his lifelong caddie and second father Colin Swatton, before hugging his young son, Dash, who'd scampered across the green into his arms, and finally celebrating with a kiss from his wife Ellie.

The win was part of a golden run by Day who won four tournaments in less than two months, just after missing the British Open playoff by a single shot.

On September 21 he fulfilled his childhood dream when he was officially crowned golf's No.1 player ahead of Spieth and McIlroy.

Tiger sleeps tonight

At one time the world's most dominant player, Tiger Woods has hinted ongoing back issues could force him out of the game.

He entered 2015 ranked No. …

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