Missing LinksJanuary 6, 2016

Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day: ‘They seem to get it’

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The new Big Three — if indeed that is what Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day are — have eased the hangover from what might be the end of the Tiger era, and Craig Dolch in Florida’s TCPalm.com, identifies one of the principal reasons: “Spieth, McIlroy and Day are all 27 or younger, each has won major championships…and, very importantly, they seem to ‘get it’ in terms of relating to fans and media.”

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Jordan Spieth reacts to a putt during practice rounds prior to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

“In the past 25 years, only four players have won majors in consecutive seasons – Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy. In the past 50 years, only four players have followed a multiple-major season by winning another major – Woods, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino. Good luck, Jordan.” Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press looks at the season ahead in golf, notably the difficult task facing Spieth.

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“Now more than ever, traveling with the world’s top-ranked golfer can be a disorienting experience,” Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal writes in this look at the hectic travel schedule for top golfers. “Spieth is currently in the midst of an 11-month stretch that will take him to tournaments in nine countries spanning every continent except Africa and Antarctica, assuming he qualifies for the Olympics in Brazil this summer. Between October 2015 and August 2016, Spieth projects to log well over 125,000 miles in the air. That’s more than three times the number flown by his favorite baseball team, the Texas Rangers, last season.”