A veteran American golf writer shook his head as Matt Jones chipped in from off the green to extend Australia’s recent dominance on the US PGA Tour.
“Please, stop it. It can’t go on like this,” he said.
The scribe was in disbelief as Jones on Sunday became the fourth Australian to win on the world’s richest tour in the last eight weeks, joining Jason Day, John Senden and Steven Bowditch – with Senden, Bowditch and Jones all successful in the last month.
If Adam Scott had held onto his big lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the streak would have been even more impressive with four straight titles going into this week’s Masters.
Jones’ triumph in a play-off over American Matt Kuchar ensures seven Australians will tee up at Augusta National, where Scott defends his title, the country’s biggest representation since 2009.
Just over a month ago the tilt was only four, including 19-year-old amateur star Oliver Goss.
But wins for Jones, John Senden and Steven Bowditch over the last month catapulted them into the field, joining Scott, Day and Marc Leishman.
With Scott (world No.2) and Day (No.4) a chance to move to World No.1 with victory at the Masters and Jones projected to climb inside the top 50 this week, Australian golf is certainly trending upwards.
While the likes of stalwarts Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby and Geoff Ogilvy are playing below the standards they’d like, others have risen to take up the slack.
Alongside the men’s success, former world No.1 Karrie Webb has once again blossomed, winning two LPGA events already this year at the Australian Open and the Founders Cup.
Scott saw this coming a month ago, believing this generation could match the Greg Norman-led surge of the 1980s and 1990s.
“It is a great era for Australian golf, I firmly believe that,” said Scott after Day’s recent win at the WGC-Match Play.
“Jason is playing unbelievable and he’s now inspiring another generation of guys to follow.
“And there are other guys out here already who can easily step up to the plate as well.
“To say it could be a stronger era then Norman, (Wayne) Grady, (Ian) Baker Finch, Parry, Rodger Davis, Elk (Steve Elkington) and all those guys that carried the game is a big call.
“But I think we have a similar bunch out here now and everyone is going to have their moments.”