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Is Jason Day destined to surpass Peter Thomson and Greg Norman as greatest Australian golfer?

September 21, 2015

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“Now that Jason Day is officially the best golfer on the planet, it's time to ask, can he become the best Australian golfer of all time?” Matt Murnane of the Sydney Morning Herald writes, noting the competition — Peter Thomson and Greg Norman. “He has time to build a career to match those of the legends. At 27, he is the youngest world no. 1 Australia has ever produced, eclipsing the mark set by Greg Norman when he became golf's leading man at age 31.”


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“Sometimes, in a pass-fail test of the spirit of golf that so many admire and so many live up to, they fail,” Bill Fields at ESPNW writes in analyzing the Suzann Pettersen-Solheim Cup flap. “Alison Lee missed the putt. Suzann Pettersen -- and to a large degree, her European captain, Carin Koch -- subsequently missed the point.”

What now for Tiger Woods, following a second back surgery? “By the time Woods tees it up for real again sometime in 2016, he will be 40 years old, some 2½ years removed from his last victory, having gone through another rehabilitation process,” ESPN’s Bob Harig writes. “And then there is the issue of a golf swing that was still a work in progress without this setback…Woods already faced plenty of doubts about whether he will get his game back -- doubts that now grow deeper and darker.”

Peter Dawson’s tenure as chief executive of the Royal & Ancient is ending, and John Huggan of the Scotsman, no easy grader, rates his tenure as largely a success, notably on this front: “Almost exactly one year ago, the obvious anomaly that was an all-male organisation making the rules for all golfers, men and women, was removed forever.”