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Will 2015 be the year that altered the course of golf history?

The 2015 golf season might very well be remembered as the year of the official changing of the guard, when Jordan Spieth made a valiant run at the Grand Slam, Jason Day claimed his first major championship and Rickie Fowler notched that breakthrough win in dramatic fashion via a playoff at the Players Championship.

And don't forget about Rory McIlroy, who, although he was sidelined for some of the summer, still managed to get four worldwide victories during the year.

So as the year winds down, we revisit those historic victories through the stories told when they happened.


The PGA Championship, Aug. 13-16

Winner:
Jason Day
Course:
Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin
Watch:
Sunday Conversation
Photo gallery:
The PGA Championship in pictures
How he did it:
The emotional Day kept Spieth at bay, finishing the year's final major at a whopping 20 under par. Final leaderboard

  • After a life full of second-place finishes and personal adversity, PGA champion Jason Day finally tasted a major victory on the shores of Lake Michigan, wrote ESPN.com's Ian O'Connor. Story

  • Spieth failed to win the PGA Championship, but he moved to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career with a second-place finish at Whistling Straits, wrote ESPN.com's Bob Harig. Story

  • Even in the heat of battle, a simple comment from Spieth showed true sportsmanship between the new world No. 1 and eventual PGA champion Day, wrote ESPN.com's Kevin Van Valkenburg. Story

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The Open Championship, July 16-20

Winner:
Zach Johnson
Course:
St. Andrews, Old Course, in Fife, Scotland
Watch:
Sunday Conversation
Photo gallery:
The Open Championship in pictures
How he did it:
Johnson, who also won the 2007 Masters, held off Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a playoff at the Home of Golf. Spieth, looking for a third major win in a row, finished a shot out of the playoff that produced only the second Monday finish in the tournament's long history. Final leaderboard

  • Johnson calmly and quietly tuned out the giants of golf around him at St. Andrews and won an unlikely Open title, wrote ESPN.com's Bob Harig. Story

  • Spieth's run at the Grand Slam came to an abrupt end as the game of golf snatched away his shot at immortality at St. Andrews, wrote ESPN.com's Ian O'Connor. Story

  • It seemed at times as though the Old Course was there for the taking -- until players reached the most notorious hole in the entire Open rotation, wrote ESPN.co.UK's Alex Perry. Story

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The U.S. Open, June 18-21

Winner:
Jordan Spieth
Course:
Chambers Bay Golf Club in University Place, Washington
Watch:
Sunday Conversation
Photo gallery:
The U.S. Open in pictures
How he did it:
A birdie on the 72nd hole figured to get Spieth into a playoff, but when Dustin Johnson three-putted for par, Spieth claimed his second straight major title. Final leaderboard

  • Spieth faced down a penal golf course to survive the U.S. Open and keep his Grand Slam hopes alive a little longer, wrote ESPN.com's Ian O'Connor. Story

  • Johnson's near-miss at the U.S. Open is another in a growing list of heartbreaking moments at major championships, wrote ESPN.com's Gene Wojciechowski. Story

  • Ian Poulter went off on Twitter and Instagram following his final round at the U.S. Open, labeling the condition of the Chambers Bay greens as "disgraceful," wrote ESPN.com's Bob Harig. Story

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This was a nice introduction last night! Dream come true

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The Masters, April 9-12

Winner:
Jordan Spieth
Course:
Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia
Watch:
Sunday Conversation
Photo gallery:
The Masters in pictures
How he did it:
The then-21-year-old Texan shook off his second-place finish at the previous year's Masters to become the second-youngest winner of the green jacket. Final leaderboard

  • Don't call Spieth the next great hope for American golf. He's already there, wrote ESPN.com's Gene Wojciechowski. Story

  • ESPN's Dottie Pepper knows the pitfalls that come with winning a major, but she believes that Spieth's maturity will keep him on track and push his competition, including McIlroy. Story

  • While there will never be another Tiger Woods, both Spieth and Woods relied on fatherly advice to claim their first Masters at 21 years old, wrote ESPN.com's Ian O'Connor. Story

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The Players Championship, May 7-10

Winner: Rickie Fowler
Course: TPC Sawgrass, Stadium Course, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
How he did it:
Down five shots with six holes to play, Fowler defeated Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner in a playoff, birdieing the par-3 island green 17th hole three times on the final day. Final leaderboard

  • Fowler's mother, Lynne, nearly missed the biggest day of her son's career, but he didn't lock down the Players Championship until she was there in person, wrote ESPN.com's Jason Sobel. Story

  • While Garcia was trying to overcome putting problems and win a playoff at the Players Championship, he also had to put up with unruly fans, wrote ESPN.com's Bob Harig. Story

  • Rory McIlroy posted scores of 69-71-70-70 to contend for his first Players Championship title, but fell short once again on a tightly packed leaderboard, wrote ESPN.com's Jason Sobel. Story

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