How do Rory McIlroy, Jason Day & Rickie Fowler compare to golf's legends?

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Coming through in a new generation of golfers, it seems like an eternity ago since Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day splashed onto the scenes of the PGA Tour.

It was predicted that these three younglings would grow and go on to be the next Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player.

Only one has fulfilled their potential so far, but Jason Day is looking to show that he is as equally good as his Northern Irish counterpart, after his PGA Championship Triumph at the weekend.


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Not to say that Day was anything less than a success beforehand. He had three PGA Tour wins and a WGC title to his name before the end of play on Sunday.

Rickie Fowler has two PGA Tour wins and a Scottish Open to add to his collection but McIlroy is the one who has really kicked on since blasting onto the scene.

Four Major Championships, two WGC titles, two FedEx Cup playoff victories, five European Tour wins and three PGA Tour wins. McIlroy has shown who was the golden child from that band of three.

Day sets the record straight

Of the three men, none of them have come closer so many times than Jason Day and he is arguably one of the most deserved winners of a Major trophy.

The world's No1 has eight top tens in major championships (excluding his wins), while Fowler has six.

Day had nine top tens, meaning that he finishes inside the top ten every other major. Three times a runner up. Before the 2015 PGA Championship, it seemed like 'always the bridesmaid and never the bride'.

As McIlroy, fresh off of an injury but finding form, as well as Fowler, no where to be seen, the Australian held his nerve from the challenge of a charging Spieth to finally get over the line. The tears on the 18th green at Whistling Straits were probably shared by many fans across the globe.

Where does Spieth fit in?

Fowler, Day and McIlroy were part of a new generation of golfers when they burst onto the scene.  However Spieth has justified his place within the 'golden generation'. Not room for one more to replicate history, so someone has to make way.

McIlroy, former world No1 has more majors than any of the counterparts and is irreplaceable. Jordan Spieth we have decided should be among them, with two major titles, three top fives in major championships and three PGA Tour wins. This leaves either Day or Fowler to make way.

My personal opinion is that Fowler has underachieved. Not because he is the only one of the quartet who hasn't tasted major glory, but because he has failed to capture the hearts of fans across the World. Despite his fancy trousers and boyish good looks, he doesn't strike a chord like Jason Day does with most.

However, with  Player having won nine majors, seven for Arnold Palmer and a record 18 for Nicklaus, this 'new generation' need to pull their socks up and get cracking. The modern day trio match Palmer's wins between them, so 27 left gentleman. Let the battle commence.

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