The last twelve months brought some real highlights for the game of golf, so much so that we've been getting excited here at Hole19 HQ in considering what golfing treats await us all in 2019.
We've whittled down our list of down to 'six of the best' so, without further ado, here are the golfing highlights we are all looking forward to in 2019...
Getting to grips with new golf rules
You will no doubt seen much written about the new golf rules - some of it by us - and, who knows, you already might be putting with the flagstick in until your heart's content.
We're looking forward to getting used to these new rules during our own rounds on the golf course and, of course, watching how the professionals take to them too. It will be an interesting year ahead in that respect.
A Healthy Tiger Woods
After proving to the entire golfing world that he still has that winning mentality with his Tour Championship win back in September, Tiger Woods will be keen to turn his focus to the real reason he has returned to competitive golf - more major titles.
Hunting the great Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major victories is central to Woods' 2019 plans and, to that end, he will be more selective in compiling his Tour Schedule this year.
After a stunning Tour Championship win last September, the 14-time major winner's Ryder Cup ended without a single point being registered. He would later confirm that he was suffering from burn-out and would tailor his 2019 plans accordingly.
We can't wait to see how the he gets on this year.
New Major Schedule
This year we have a new sequence to the four major championships with the quartet now culminating with The Open Championship in July.
The move shakes a little extra life into the PGA Championship which has historically been the final major event of the year and now takes place in May. This also leads to an even spread of one major championship per month from April - July.
Another Maiden Major Winner
One prediction for the coming golfing season, possibly even an expectation, is that we're looking forward to welcoming another madien major champion in 2019.
In each of the past four years, we have witnessed at least one golfer break his major duck with a total of nine managing the feat over that timeframe. It seems likely that we will see a repeat this year with Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau and Jon Rahm right at the head of our list of front-runners.
We all loved watching Francesco Molinari hoist the Claret Jug aloft back in July of last year. Here's his final round highlights from Carnoustie...
New Major Venues
While the Masters takes place at its annual host venue, Augusta National, the remaining three major events will take place at new, challenging golf courses.
The PGA Championship is set to play out on the fairways of Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York, while the U.S. Open returns to the dramatically picturesque Pebble Beach.
The Open Championship at Royal Portrush, in particular, promises to be an amazing spectacle with many golfers in the field playing the course for the first time. We expect the major season will come to a thrilling climax on Northern Ireland's north coast.
The Presidents Cup
Towards the end of the year, when both major Tours have brought their 2018/19 seasons to a close, the Americans will take on an International team looking for a first win in the Presidents Cup in over two decades.
The event will take place at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia and brings together two giants of the game as opposing team captains - Tiger Woods for the United States and Ernie Els for the Internationals.
What are you looking forward to in 2019? Let us know below...
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