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Are Record-Low Performances Becoming A PGA Tour Trend?

June 17, 2015

The best keep getting better in the game of golf. The ease and control the PGA Tour's young stars display to make clutch tournament-winning shots on the most difficult courses in the world is amazing. 

What does this mean for the game? A new change in the way golf is played, for one thing. 

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Scoring in tournaments has become a race from the first tee shot to the last green to make as many birdies and eagles as possible during all four rounds of a tournament. 

Rory Mcllroy, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth have shown the promise many knew they had for so long. Spieth's 2015 Masters victory April 12 started with a first round that, for a moment, looked like he would top Johnny Miller's opening round score of 63 during the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club. It did not stop there, though. Spieth almost beat Tiger Woods' once unthinkable record-low score of minus-18 at Augusta National Golf Club. 

Fowler's final-round performance at the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass May 10 was another statement to scoring comfort in high-pressure conditions. Fowler shot minus-four during the final three holes, and he birdied the 17th hole two times to win in a playoff. 

Mcllroy, meanwhile, dominated at the Wells Fargo Tournament with a minus-21 performance. This year has proven younger players on the tour are competing at such a high level with others close behind. It's been quite a difference from the years Woods would dominate the rest of the field. 

I'll be watching the next few majors with great interest to see if the scoring trend continues. I do not expect a record-low performance at Chambers Bay during the U.S. Open June 18-21, because the course is so new, and not many players have seen it before. But then again, you may be surprised by the talent this year's tour possess. 

Joe Plecker is the director of golf instruction at the Elkridge Club in Baltimore. For more of Joe's golf advice, check out