Jason Day caught fire in the second half of the year, breaking through to win his first major, the 2015 PGA Championship. He did it in style to, setting the record as the first player to finish at 20-under-par in a major. His hot form continued as he went on to claim golf’s number one ranking.
It doesn't get better than an NBA championship. After a 40-year drought, the Golden State Warriors won it all, bringing a title to the Bay Area. Bogut was instrumental in the playoffs and regular season as Golden sta produced a 67-win season.
Matthew Dellavedova rose to stardom with his stellar play in the NBA finals. With Kyrie Irving injured, Delly stepped up on the biggest stage as LeBron James' running mate against the Golden State Warriors.
Ben Simmons has been electrifying high school and college basketball crowds with his dazzling play, cementing his status as the no.1 pick for 2016. His year was full of accolades as well, being named a McDonald’s All American, winning the Naismith Prep Player of the Year, Gatorade National Player of the Year as well as powering Montverde Academy to a third consecutive High School National Tournament title.
There was arguably no bigger story in American sport this year than the rise of the Hayne Plane. After some scorching punt returns in pre-season, Hayne had America captivated.
To many people's surprise, he was thrusted into the 49ers squad immediately, however the momentum didn't keep as Hayne struggled, eventually finding himself on the practice squad.
Mick Fanning narrowly missed out on winning his fourth world title at the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii, but 2015 was a year of heroics from the Aussie surfer.
From battling a shark attack in the waters of South Africa, to helping rescue a fellow surfer, Mick showed tremendous courage, all in the face of his own personal tragedies.
Despite some off the court controversy, 2015 was the year Bernard Tomic put it together on the court. He won his third ATP title, winning his second straight Claro Open in Bogotá, Colombia, wit his best Grand Slam result, the fourth round of the Australian Open.
More impressively for Tomic, his consistency throughout the season was reward as he reached no. 18 ranking in the world, breaking into the top 20 for the first time.
Hendriks claimed a unique slice of MLB playoff history as he delivered an incredible pitching performance against Kansas City. Hendricks came in and finished the game with 13 outs from 12 batters faced, breaking the 85 year-old playoff record for more-outs-than-batters-faced.