Bunkers Mailbag: New World No. 1 and Captain John Daly?

WINDERMERE, FL - DECEMBER 07: Jordan Spieth smiles as he walks off the 18th green after his ten-stroke victory at the Hero World Challenge at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club on December 7, 2014 in Windermere, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **

There were certainly a number of interesting stories coming out in the golf world last week — from John Daly to Rory McIlroy, the games’ biggest names made headlines once again.

One thing is for sure — the coming weeks will be very interesting on the PGA Tour with the season’s final major and the FedEx Cup on the visible horizon.

You had questions, I’ve got answers:

Lance R., Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts“C’mon — Do you really think John Daly deserves to be a Ryder Cup captain?”

Yes, I do. I genuinely think John Daly deserves the opportunity to captain the U.S. Ryder Cup team. I mean, why not, right? At this point, the U.S. Ryder Cup team has been little more than a joke to the Europeans. The American’s haven’t been able to figure out how to get past their individual issues for the better of the team.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV - JULY 04:  John Daly watches his second shot on the 12th hole during round one of the Greenbrier Classic at the Old White TPC on July 4, 2013 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 159809769 ORIG FILE ID: 172618404
Source: Golf Week

I don’t think there’s anything John Daly could do that would hurt the U.S. Ryder Cup team or our reputation on the global golf stage. It’s easy to forget he’s a two-time major champion whose resume is better than a number of players who’ve had the opportunity to lead the Americans. I don’t think that should be overlooked.

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Jake H., Kansas City, Kansas“Do you think that, once Spieth passes Rory [as world No. 1] that it’ll be his for a while?”

Absolutely not — and that’s a good thing. I think for the next 10-15 years, golf fans are going to be blessed with the opportunity to watch these two swap the top spot for the next decade or so, and that’s awesome.

I really think we’re going to see Spieth take over the top spot this week at Firestone. He’s had an awesome chance to close the gap between himself and Rory McIlroy while Rors had been injured. You’d better believe that McIlroy knows that and is going to come back with a vengeance.

Clint R., El Cajon, California“Is Jason Day the next Colin Montgomerie?”

C’mon, really? It’s a little early to be thinking that, don’t chya think? I mean, Jason Day is 27 year’s old. Twenty. Seven. The idea that Day won’t win a major at some point over the next 15 years is absurd.

Maybe — maybe you can worry about him being the next Phil Mickelson, but there is no way Day doesn’t win one of the next 60 majors — especially considering his already-impressive resume.

You know what, in fact…..

Ryan L., Montreat, North Carolina“Who wins the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits next week?”

I think Jason Day is going to win the PGA Championship. I really do. I mean, just look at that resume:

jason day majors

It’s time. It’s time for Jason Day to win a major and I think he gets it done at Whistling Straits next week. He’s been disappointed so many times in so many ways — whether it’s missing a playoff at the Open, falling victim to a bout of vertigo or pressing at the Masters — he knows how to win and will do it soon.

In case you’re interested, Day is currently 18/1 for the 2016 Masters…..just saying.

Lester M., Cape Town, South Africa“Where do you rank Louis Oosthuizen among the greats of his generation?”

I’m not sure he’s going to get the credit he deserves in the long run, sadly. At this point, I think Louis needs to win another major championship. I mean, he’s come oh-so-close in majors a number of times since his 2010 win at the Open Championship, but he just hasn’t been able to close the deal again.

Right now, I think Oosthuizen is one of the 15 or 20 best players of his era, but another major would move him into about the 7-10 range on that list. He’s obviously got an enviable talent and has all the ability to become of the best ever if he can seal the deal on another major title.


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