Will Americans Consistently Win Majors Again?
What happened to Uncle Sam winning Majors? For the first time in the modern era of Golf‘s major championships, since the Masters was born in 1934, the Americans have gone 0-5. Bubba Watson had the best American finish at Congressional, finishing tied for 63rd. Where did the great American golf go? Will it come back? Brian Murphy of Yahoo! Sports examines the situation.
There are theories. One is that the American college golf system emphasizes scoring over winning and isn’t breeding bloodthirsty champions. That the old phrase “learning to win” is a hands-on experience best learned in the deep end of pro competition. McIlroy, Day and Schwartzel are not products of America’s college golf system. Each turned pro as a teenager, and each figured out how to survive on the big-boy tour with Charles Darwin as his caddy.
Murphy examines a few more radical theories, but I think his point about the college golf system is “on the money.” Rory McIlroy is only 22 years old, yet we would never look at him the same way view many 22 year old Americans that are fresh out of college. Working your way through the pro ranks as a young golfer helps one figure out how to win, not score.
How long will the American drought at Majors last? With the likes of McIlroy, McDowell, Oosthuizen, Kaymer, Schwartzel, and a whole lot more elite international golfers, probably longer than the U.S. golfing world would prefer.