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Monday, December 28, 2015

The Limerick Summary: 2015’s Swan Song

Winner: The Fans, without Question!

Around the wider world of golf: There's no golf at Christmas, silly!

Jordan Spieth with FedExCup and Tour Championship trophies

As this is the final Limerick Summary of the year, I'll just note what we saw happen over the past year. Because while everybody is debating the best and worst of 2015, I see only one major trend of any significance.

Namely, we saw a changing of the guard -- the change that everyone was so afraid of. Who would take the places held by Tiger and Phil when they finally ceased to be the primary figures in the game?

While Phil isn't off centerstage yet, we definitely caught glimpses of Tiger's mortality. And while I don't think we've seen the last of him by any stretch of the imagination -- in fact, I'm probably more optimistic than most folks -- it's clear that he's going to need some time to heal, perhaps even a year or two.

The good news is that he's finally willing to take that time. (If he had been more patient before now, he might have only needed one back surgery instead of three.) The bad news was that the "who will take Tiger's place?" question suddenly became the BIG question.

And fortunately, the youngsters wasted no time giving us an answer. The Big Four of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler -- and let's face it, there are definitely four in terms of popularity if not yet in majors -- stormed the big stage in golf and made it clear that they can take the reins. Jordan made the first move at the Masters and the other guys just followed suit.

And then their peers stepped up and added their names to the "players of interest" list... with more in the wings, ready to snag their own piece of this new frontier.

So now we know that 2015 was the year when the new superstars of golf announced themselves. And with that in mind, I offer my final Limerick Summary of the year as a tribute to them.
With Tiger Woods struggling to mend,
The fans wondered who might ascend
And be golf’s newest “Best-Of”…
First Spieth, then the rest of
The young guys stepped up to contend.
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