2019/20 PGA Tour Predictions: Tiger Woods, Career Slams & More
We have a confession to make, Hole19ers. We've somewhat dropped the ball a little over the past few weeks in allowing the 2019/20 PGA Tour season to begin without bringing you our always honest, but rarely 'on-the-money', annual predictions.
While we've been busying ourselves covering some of the best action on the European Tour and, of course, the Solheim Cup, it escaped our attention that we are yet to gaze into our crystal ball and tell you what we foresee for the next 12 months in golf.
So then, how many can we predict/guess this year? Is there a more pointless task in all of golf? The obvious answers might be 'not many' and 'not likely' but, alas, here we go again!!
Rahm to Break Major Duck
Jon Rahm will always be a threat on the links courses of the Open Championship, and 2020 could well be the year he lifts the Claret Jug despite an unfamiliarity with the course at Royal St George's.
We won't absolutely shackle ourselves on this one and will only go so far as to say that the Spaniard will win ANY major in 2020. If you're looking for a rather bolder approach in predicting the majors, read on!
McIlroy's Major Drought Continues
It's been a while since Rory McIlroy managed to get his hands on a major trophy despite many promising positions heading into Sunday.
The Masters is the one he wants, but all the talk of the career grand slam tends to crank up the pressure on the Northern Irishman. We would love to see Rory return to the winner's circle when it comes to the majors but have a sneaking suspicion he will finish 2020 empty-handed in that respect.
Check out his recent interview where he confirms that he isn't obsessing over his quest for a Green Jacket...
Career Grand Slam? NOPE!
Phil Mickelson's major winning days are likely over, while Jordan Spieth's attempted recovery to his 2015 self is becoming a painfully slow process. We can quite quickly rule this duo out of contention in next year's four majors - and we've already nailed our colours to the mast in respect of McIlroy above.
All this means another full year will pass without any of these men joining the quintet of career-grand-slammers. In our opinion, there's as much chance of Brooks nabbing both the Masters and The Open next year to complete his set - the major-winning machine that he is. That remains very unlikely, though!
Hovland Wins First PGA Tour Event
In each of the 2019 events he has teed it up in thus far, Viktor Hovland hasn't missed a single cut since the Farmers Insurance Open back in January 2019. Alongside that, he has posted some pretty impressive finishes including a T-12 at the U.S. Open - his last tournament before turning pro.
Now with a glittering amateur career behind him, the Norwegian born superstar will be hoping to see his undoubted talent and winning mentality quickly translate into PGA Tour wins.
If you're just getting to know Viktor and want to learn more, check out the video below...
Brooks Koepka PGA Tour PoTY
Despite winning the PGA Championship in 2019 and finishing within the top five in each of the remaining three majors, Brooks Koepka was usurped as PGA Tour Player of the Year by Rory McIlroy.
You could have tossed a coin to decide which of the two golfing superstars would win the 2019 accolade, though that may not stop Koepka feeling a little harshly treated. We expect this will provide the extra motivation he needs to prove he's worthy of world number one status and he will post another standout year.
Our 4 Major Champions Are...
The Masters: Xander Schauffele
PGA Championship: Brooks Koepka
U.S. Open: Justin Thomas
The Open: Jon Rahm
Tiger Woods Ties 'Slammin' Sammy'
This one sees our romantic side wrestle with our more pragmatic selves. Can Tiger get further PGA Tour wins under his belt and tie (or pass) Sam Snead's 82 event record?
Despite recent knee surgery, the 15-time major winner plans to return at the Zozo Championship in Japan at the end of October questions remain regarding Tiger's ability to withstand the rigours of a PGA Tour season.
If he arrives at any golf tournament refreshed and relatively pain-free, the great man is going to be firmly in contention. We're letting the heart rule the head a little in thinking that he can tie the record (at least).
Blue is the Colour at Whistling Straits
Though technically taking place after the 2019/20 PGA Tour season has ended, the 43rd Ryder Cup will be an undoubted highlight of the golfing year.
Steve Stricker's U.S. team will be itching for revenge after Europe's 7 point victory in France with the U.S captain likely to have an embarrassment of riches at his disposal to challenge at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
We expect the European team will have enough to hold onto their crown, but it will be more of a close-run thing.
Check out some pretty cool drone footage of the 2015 PGA Championship venue below...
Team U.S.A. Win Presidents Cup
Despite home advantage, we think the International side could struggle this December against a Tiger Woods-led U.S. Presidents Cup team at Royal Melbourne in Australia.
Not since 1998 has the International team emerged victorious (their only win in the tournament's history) and it would take a monumental effort from an Ernie Els-inspired squad to halt this particular run.
We're always keen to champion the underdog, but the Americans will probably have enough to get the job done.
How many predictions do you think we have correct here? What about your own thoughts on the 2019/20 PGA Tour season? Let us know in the comments.
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