Like others asked through
the week, Jordan Spieth — a two-time major winner —
couldn’t exactly say why the last six major victories
have gone to first-time winners when asked Tuesday.
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OF ERIN — When the 10-foot playoff putt dropped in for a
birdie at The Masters in April, Sergio Garcia became a
first-time major champion.
also became the sixth consecutive first-time major
champion, a streak that began with Australian Jason Day
at the 2015 PGA Championship.
beat Jordan Spieth by three strokes at Whistling
Straits’ Straits Course in Kohler.
think it’s just luck, to be honest with you. And I’m not
saying luck as in because they’re lucky people,” Day
said Tuesday at a news conference. “I’m just saying
we’ve just gone through a stretch guys have just popped
up and won.”
nearly ended the streak a calendar year after his win,
but fell to Jimmy Walker by one stroke at the 2016 PGA
Championship. It was Day’s fifth top-two finish at a
major in six seasons.
was knocking on the door a lot,” he added. “At Whistling
Straits I kind of found my way because I drove it well
and putted well that week.”
Garcia joked “My goal, obviously, is to make it stop
this week,” but had no explanation. His one-stroke
playoff against Justin Rose prevented Rose from his
second major victory.
think it’s just one of those things that happen, one of
those rolls that just — it just happened in the last six
majors,” Garcia said. “But I’m sure it’s going to finish
at some point.”
Between the 2015 and 2016 PGA Championships, Danny
Willett won the 2016 Masters by three strokes over
Jordan Spieth and Lee Westwood; Dustin Johnson beat a
triumvirate of Jim Furyk, Shane Lowry and Scott Piercy
for the 2015 U.S. Open title; and Herik Stenson beat
Phil Mickelson by three strokes for the Open
don’t know if that’s a trend or just — if it’s something
that’s trending that way, to continue to trend that way,
or it just happened to be that way,” said Spieth, the
last player to win consecutive majors in a season.
“They’ve all been world class champions, when you look
back. Really exciting finishes that were won. So I’m not
sure, to be honest with you, because I guess before that
there was three of us had five of the previous six or
something, before that.”
the 2014 Masters through Day’s 2015 PGA Championship,
Rory McIlory and Spieth won two apiece — Spieth’s first
two majors — while Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson each
won their second major.
also noted the run of first-timers spans the spectrum in
age — Day and Willett are 29, Stenson is 41, for example
— and playing style.
way we play golf is totally different. So it’s really
hard to kind of really pull it down to one thing, that’s
why everyone is playing well, because you can’t, because
once again they’re different ages, they’re different
times in their career,” he added. “If it has to be
another one this week, so be it. But I think looking at
it now it just happened to be luck, to be honest.”