2015 in golf

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This article summarizes the highlights of professional and amateur golf in the year 2015.

Men's professional golf[edit]

Major championships

  • 9–12 April: The MastersJordan Spieth won by four strokes over Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose. It was his first major victory. He also tied the Tiger Woods' tournament record of 270 (−18)
  • 18–21 June: U.S. OpenJordan Spieth won by one stroke when Dustin Johnson failed to make birdie at the 18th hole. He became the sixth player ever to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year.
  • 16–19 July: The Open ChampionshipZach Johnson won in a 4-hole aggregate playoff, when Louis Oosthuizen failed to make his putt on the 4th and final hole of the playoff. It was Johnson's first Open Championship victory, and his second major victory.
  • 13–16 August: PGA ChampionshipJason Day won his first major by three strokes over Jordan Spieth. Day played consistently during the final round, never allowing Spieth an opportunity to get closer than 3 strokes, while setting a record for a major at 20 under par, besting Tiger Woods' previous record of 19 under at the 2000 British Open.

World Golf Championships

FedEx Cup playoff events - see 2015 FedEx Cup Playoffs

Other leading PGA Tour events

For a complete list of PGA Tour results see 2015 PGA Tour.

Leading European Tour events

For a complete list of European Tour results see 2015 European Tour.

Team events

  • 8–11 October: Presidents Cup – The U.S. team won, 15½–14½, for the sixth straight time.

Tour leaders

Awards

Results from other tours

Other happenings

  • 15 July: The board of the Official World Golf Ranking approved the addition of the PGA EuroPro Tour, Pro Golf Tour, Alps Tour, and Nordic Golf League into the world rankings. The new scoring begins after the 2015 Open Championship and brings the number of tours that receive ranking points to 18.
  • 16 August: Jordan Spieth becomes the number one golfer in the world.
  • 30 August: Rory McIlroy regains the world number one ranking.
  • 8 September: Spieth regains the world number one ranking.
  • 14 September: McIlroy regains the world number one ranking.
  • 21 September: Jason Day gains the world number one ranking for the first time, resulting from his victory at the BMW Championship.
  • 28 September: Spieth regains the world number one ranking.
  • 18 October: Day regains the world number one ranking.
  • 8 November: Spieth regains the world number one ranking.

Women's professional golf[edit]

LPGA majors

For a complete list of LPGA Tour results, see 2015 LPGA Tour.

Additional LPGA Tour events

Ladies European Tour event

For a complete list of Ladies European Tour results see 2015 Ladies European Tour.

Team events

  • 18–20 September: Solheim Cup – Team USA won the Cup for the first time since 2009, with a 14½–13½ victory over Team Europe. Team USA won 8½ of the 12 available points in the singles matches to clinch the Cup.

Money list leaders

Awards

Other tour results

Other happenings

Senior men's professional golf[edit]

Senior majors

Full results

Money list leaders

Awards

Amateur golf[edit]

Golf in multi-sport events[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • 29 January – Kel Nagle (born 1920), Australian golfer with 81 professional wins, most notably winning the 1960 Open Championship.
  • 3 February – Charlie Sifford (born 1922), first African American to join the PGA Tour.
  • 7 February – Billy Casper (born 1931), American golfer who won 51 times on the PGA Tour, including three majors.
  • 29 April – Calvin Peete (born 1943), African-American golfer with 12 PGA Tour wins.
  • 1 May – Pete Brown (born 1935), first African-American golfer to win on the PGA Tour.
  • 3 May – Warren Smith (born 1915), member of the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.
  • 23 May – Hugh Boyle (born 1936), Irish golfer on 1967 Ryder Cup team.
  • 7 June – Sean Pappas (born 1966), South African golfer with 5 Sunshine Tour wins.
  • 7 August – Louise Suggs (born 1923), American professional golfer and co-founder of the LPGA, with 61 LPGA Tour victories, including 11 major championships.
  • 13 September – Howie Johnson (born 1925), American golfer who won twice on the PGA Tour.
  • 6 October – Sandra Spuzich (born 1937), American golfer who won seven times on the LPGA Tour, including the 1966 U.S. Women's Open.
  • 18 November – Dan Halldorson (born 1952), Canadian golfer who won once on the PGA Tour and seven times on the Canadian Tour.

Table of results[edit]

This table summarizes all the results referred to above in date order.

Dates Tournament Status or tour Winner
15–18 Jan Latin America Amateur Championship Amateur men's individual tournament Chile Matías Domínguez
5–8 Mar WGC-Cadillac Championship World Golf Championships United States Dustin Johnson
2–5 Apr ANA Inspiration LPGA major United States Brittany Lincicome
9–12 Apr The Masters Men's major United States Jordan Spieth
29 Apr – 3 May WGC-Cadillac Match Play World Golf Championships Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
7–10 May The Players Championship PGA Tour United States Rickie Fowler
14–17 May Regions Tradition Senior major United States Jeff Maggert
21–24 May BMW PGA Championship European Tour South Korea An Byeong-hun
21–24 May Senior PGA Championship Senior major Scotland Colin Montgomerie
22–27 May NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships U.S. college championship Stanford / Emma Talley
29 May – 3 Jun NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships U.S. college championship LSU / Bryson DeChambeau
9–13 Jun British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship Amateur women's individual tournament France Céline Boutier
11–14 Jun KPMG Women's PGA Championship LPGA major South Korea Inbee Park
11–14 Jun Constellation Senior Players Championship Senior major Germany Bernhard Langer
15–20 Jun The Amateur Championship Amateur men's individual tournament France Romain Langasque
18–21 Jun U.S. Open Men's major United States Jordan Spieth
25–28 Jun U.S. Senior Open Senior major United States Jeff Maggert
9–12 Jul U.S. Women's Open LPGA major South Korea Chun In-gee
16–19 Jul The Open Championship Men's major United States Zach Johnson
23–26 Jul The Senior Open Championship Senior major United States Marco Dawson
30 Jul – 2 Aug Ricoh Women's British Open LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour major South Korea Inbee Park
6–9 Aug WGC-Bridgestone Invitational World Golf Championships Republic of Ireland Shane Lowry
10–16 Aug U.S. Women's Amateur Amateur women's individual tournament United States Hannah O'Sullivan
13–16 Aug PGA Championship Men's major Australia Jason Day
17–23 Aug U.S. Amateur Amateur men's individual tournament United States Bryson DeChambeau
27–30 Aug The Barclays PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff Australia Jason Day
4–7 Sep Deutsche Bank Championship PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff United States Rickie Fowler
10–13 Sep The Evian Championship LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour major New Zealand Lydia Ko
12–13 Sep Walker Cup Great Britain & Ireland v United States
men's amateur team event
United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
18–20 Sep Solheim Cup Europe v United States
women's professional team event
 United States
17–20 Sep BMW Championship PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff Australia Jason Day
24–27 Sep The Tour Championship PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff United States Jordan Spieth
1–4 Oct Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship Amateur men's individual tournament China Jin Cheng
8–11 Oct Presidents Cup United States v. International team
men's professional team event
United States U.S. team
5–8 Nov WGC-HSBC Champions World Golf Championships Scotland Russell Knox
19–22 Nov DP World Tour Championship, Dubai European Tour Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
19–22 Nov CME Group Tour Championship LPGA Tour United States Cristie Kerr

The following biennial events will next be played in 2016: Ryder Cup, EurAsia Cup, International Crown, Curtis Cup, Eisenhower Trophy, Espirito Santo Trophy.

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