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Today, we consider whether the current run of American victory heralds a resurgence of stateside golf.
Busbee: With Bill Haas' triumph at Riviera Sunday, American golfers are now seven-for-seven in PGA Tour events this year. USA! USA! But let's go beyond slogans and dig a little deeper. For the last few years, we've heard of this "decline in American golf," as if the rest of the world were starting to kick sand in our faces in the post-Tiger era. First question for you, sir: do you believe American golf was in decline?
Wall: I think so. You look at all the foreign-born guys at the top of the World Golf Rankings and it's not difficult to see that the Stars and Stripes had a rough go of it in 2011. Sure, a bunch of young American players broke out last season and made some serious headway, but for the second straight season, American golfers only won one major championship. I know everyone is excited about the seven-for-seven start on the PGA Tour, but we can't call this a comeback until these guys start contending with the best in the world on the major championship stage. Wouldn't you agree?Read More »from Teeing Off: Is American golf back on the upswing?