Hole19's 2017/18 PGA Tour Predictions
Our coverage of all things golf wouldn't be complete without a well-thought-out predictions piece for a new season on the PGA Tour.
How about we deliver on the promise of the predictions and let you all decide upon its real clarity of thought? Deal? Great!
We are admittedly a week late on this one, but with a new season underway (congratulations to Brendan Steele for his win in California) it seems only right to get all prophetic and then come back next September and, potentially, have a bit of a chuckle.
So what do we see happening during 2017/18? Let's jump in.
We will see a career grand slam
It could be Rory. It could be Phil. It's most likely going to be Jordan. We will go out on a limb and predict that the 2017 Champion Golfer of the Year will close out the career grand slam by winning at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri.
If Rory or Phil pick up their final leg though, we'll still call it a win.
Brandt Snedeker will rediscover his winning form
The eight-time PGA Tour event winner endured a rather fruitless 2016/17 season however we expect to see him return to winning ways. Don't be surprised to see Sneds 'pop' putting his way to a tournament or two over the next 12 months.
Catch Brandt talking about his retro putting style below:
Peter Uihlein will win in his rookie year on PGA Tour
Despite aiming to juggle European Tour commitments with a rookie season on the PGA Tour, we expect to see Uihlein picking up a tournament trophy during the 17/18 season.
The 28-year-old American has been impressed by the changes made to the European Tour - specifically the Rolex Series - but intends to make the most of his hard-earned PGA Tour card this year.
Dustin Johnson will enjoy back-to-back wins again this season
After winning three events on the bounce last season, and given that the current world number one is back to full fitness, expect him to get hot and follow up a Tour win with another at the first time of asking.
The current world number one has the game to make that berth his own over the next 12 months, and back-to-back wins would go a long way to achieving just that.
Tiger Woods will take part in a 2018 major championship
To be honest, this seems like a bit of a forlorn hope at present given that Tiger hasn't given us a timeline for his return to action.
Consider this as us here at Hole19 sending positive vibes his way, and we will all keep our fingers crossed that we see the great man tee it up at one of the big ones in 2018.
At least he's back hitting full iron shots:
Jon Rahm will win a maiden major in 2017/18
It's just a matter of time before Rahm enters that exclusive club of major winners and we are tipping the young Spaniard to do so within his next four attempts.
The current world number five will be looking to improve upon his career-best major performance (as a professional) of 27th at the Masters back in April of this year. Several remarkable performances and two separate tournament wins in 2017 point towards great things for Rahm.
Marc Leishman enters OWGR Top-10 and becomes top Aussie
Two for the price of one here: Marc Leishman is on the up and finished last season as one of the most consistent players during the FedEx Cup Playoff end-of-season events.
We expect this to continue next term and, aided by a stagnating Jason Day, he could become the highest ranked out of the current crop of Australians on the PGA Tour.
Maiden FedEx Cup winner
Essentially this requires a FedEx Cup winner coming outside of the mercurial trio of Spieth, Thomas and McIlroy, but the list also includes a further seven players (including Tiger Woods twice) who have each picked up the season-ending trophy before.
There are plenty of candidates, and we are naively confident about this one.
You can revisit the highlights from Justin Thomas' maiden win just last month:
Hat-trick of Green Jackets for Europeans
After Sergio Garcia's marvellous win at Augusta National back in April followed up Danny Willett's unexpected triumph in 2016, we are predicting a third Green Jacket on the bounce for European golfers.
Could it be McIlroy closing out the career grand slam? We hope so, but any European prevailing will help us tick this one off.
Team USA relinquish Ryder Cup at Le Golf National
The very week after the crowning of a 2017/18 PGA Tour champion at East Lake our attention will turn to the 42nd Ryder Cup in Paris, France. Europe will learn lessons from the resounding defeat dished out by the Americans at Hazeltine National in 2016 and will, we believe, recapture the most prestigious trophy in team golf.
What do you think of our predictions for the 2017/18 PGA Tour season? Have you any of your own? Let us know below.