Date: March 16, 2016
Author: Bernie McGuire

A truly green and golden era

What a magical time to be an Australian golfer.

Aside from the United States with its powerhouse PGA and Web.Com Tours, no other country has enjoyed as much success in such a short timeframe on golf's global stage than Australian male professionals have achieved in the past 13 months — and maybe at any time in modern golfing history.

In this time – including Scott Hend's victory in the True Thailand Classic just hours after Matthew Griffin birdied the last to capture the prized ISPS Handa New Zealand Open title – Australian men have captured an extraordinary 31 victories.

Headed by World No. 3 Jason Day, our men have won tournaments in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Japan, Canada, France, New Caledonia, Argentina, Macau, South Africa, Malaysia and Thailand.

Remarkably, that's successes on six of the world's seven continents.

It also marks the second time that Australians have held five European Tour simultaneously after 1991 when Craig Parry w?on twice (Italian Open and Scottish Open) to join Ian Baker-Finch (Open Championship), Mike Harwood (European Open) and Rodger Davis (Volvo Masters).

Australia's remarkable run of victories began with Richard Green winning the Vic Open at 13th Beach near Barwon Heads.

But it was Day's Farmers Insurance Open success, the first of five wins in 2015 for the Ohio-based Aussie, also that week in February last year, that proved the catalyst for the phenomenal run.

Of course, two outstanding highlights were Day's four victories in five starts starting at the Canadian Open and including his emotional first major success in lifting the Wanamaker Trophy of the US PGA Championship.

Recently Australian golf has basked in the success of Adam Scott winning back-to-back titles – the Honda Classic and a week later, a second WGC title in Miami – on the US PGA Tour.

Hours afterwards, Scott’s fellow Queenslander Brad Kennedy was handed the New Zealand PGA Championship trophy.

In fact, there have been five weeks in the past 13 months in which two Australians have won on different major tours.

It speaks volumes for the unprecedented strength of Aussie golf – and we still have four majors, three WGC titles and the Australian summer of golf next summer to be contested in 2016.



(PGA Tour of Australasia unless noted; last day of tournament in brackets)

Richard Green – Vic Open (Feb 8)

Jason Day – Farmers Insurance Open – US PGA Tour (Feb 8)

Aaron Townsend – Victorian PGA (Feb 13)

Matthew Millar – New Zealand PGA (Mar 8)

Jordan Zunic – New Zealand Open (Mar 15)

Adam Bland – Japan PGA Championship – Japan Tour (May 17)

Rod Pampling – BMW Charity Pro Am – US Web.Com Tour (May 17)

Steven Bowditch – AT&T Bryon Nelson – US PGA Tour (May 31)

Jason Day – Canadian Open – US PGA Tour (July 24)

Jason Day – US PGA Championship, — US PGA Tour (Aug 16)

David Bransdon – Queensland Open (Aug 23)

Ryan McCarthy – Angel Cabrera No.5 — Argentina Pro Tour (Aug 24)

Jason Day – Barclays Championship – US PGA Tour (Aug 30)

Scott Arnold – Cordon Golf Open, France – European Challenge Tour (Sept 6)

Jason Day – BMW Championship – US PGA Tour (Sept 30)

James Nittes – South Pacific Open, New Caledonia (Oct 3)

Scott Hend – Macau Open, Macau – Asian Tour (Oct 18)

Brett Rumford – West Australian PGA (Nov 1)

Daniel Fox – West Australian Open (Nov 8)

Ben Eccles – NSW Open (Nov 15)

Peter Senior – Australian Masters (Nov 22)

Matt Jones – Australian Open (Nov 29)

Nathan Holman – Australian PGA — Australasian/European Tour (Dec 6)

Marc Leishman – Nedbank Golf Challenge, South Africa — Sunshine/European Tour (Dec 6)


Ashley Hall – Victorian PGA – (Feb 12)

Marcus Fraser – Maybank Championship, Malaysia – European/Asian Tour (Feb 21)

Adam Scott – The Honda Classic, Florida – US PGA Tour (Feb 28)

Adam Scott – WGC Cadillac Championship — US PGA Tour (Mar 6)

Brad Kennedy – New Zealand PGA (Mar 6)

Matthew Griffin – New Zealand Open (Mar 13)

Scott Hend – True Thailand Classic – European/Asian Tour (Mar 13)