SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Remember 2010? Back when Martin Kaymer won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Back when Graeme McDowell was the U.S. Open champion, Europe won the Ryder Cup and Lee Westwood ended the year as world No. 1.
Last year, Rory McIlroy won a pair of majors and Kaymer claimed his second.
Good times for the Europeans.
While Europe still has the world No. 1 in McIlroy, it doesn’t have a major winner this year. For the first time since 1998, Americans have won the first three majors of the season.
“You can try to pick it apart and find a cycle. I don't think it's cyclical, I just think it's three tournaments. And one of us (Jordan Spieth) won two of them – could have won the third,” said Open champion Zach Johnson. “But I don't think it's anything more than happenstance. I don't think there's a formula there or anything to really try and decipher or measure. I don't think there's any rhyme or reason to it."
Nonetheless, if an American can prevail this week, it will be the first Yankee sweep since 1982.
“Anybody can win it this week, for the most part," Johnson said. "I don't see the correlation with anything, if that makes any sense. Like I said, was it two years ago when [Europeans] were winning everything? Sure seemed like it. And we were worried about American golf. I wasn't worried about it at all. We've got a lot of young and middle-aged Americans that are still playing pretty good.”