PGA Tour: 10 Things To Look Out For The Rest Of 2015


Two weeks removed from the season’s first major and the future is looking good for golf, and the PGA Tour.  With 3.5 majors remaining (I’m counting The Players Championship as a half) there is still plenty of exciting golf on the way.  Here are ten things to look out for the rest of the way,

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10. Patrick Reed Will Win Again

Having already won the year’s first tournament back in February, the former self-proclaimed top five player in the world will pick up another W before the year is said and done.  He easily could be a multiple winner right now after contending at The Honda, and finished second in a playoff to Jordan Spieth at the Valspar.  As his reputation as the tour’s “bad boy” continues to grow, his golf game is getting better and better.  He’ll win again, but it’s also time for him to be stepping up his game in majors.

9. Rickie Fowler Will Not Win A Major

This disappointing season for one of the game’s most popular players will continue.  After placing in the top five in all four majors last year big things were expected of Rickie Fowler. Having won just one tour event he was already being proclaimed America’s best young chance to challenge to Rory McIlroy.  Instead Spieth took that title and ran with it.  Big things were expected of Rickie, and so far the results have been minimal to say the least, and that will continue.

8. There Will Be Another 40 Year-Old-Winner

Jim Furyk’s victory this past Sunday marked the third time a player in his 40s won this year.  Padraig Harrington’s revival at The Honda and Alex Cejka’s victory in Puerto Rico show that this isn’t a total young man’s game just yet. Then Phil Mickelson came out of no where to finish second behind the streaking Spieth at Augusta.  There will be another player to come out of the rocking chair before it’s all said and done.

7. Phil Mickelson Will Play Better Golf

The world’s favorite lefthander has gone winless since his victory at the 2013 Open Championship.  Things have looked better for Mickelson of late.  He played two really good rounds in Houston before struggling on the weekend, and then followed that up with a strong showing at Augusta.  His 14 under score would have won or tied for the lead in 7 our of the last 10 Masters.  Maybe he can ride this momentum for the rest of the year?

6. The Presidents Cup Will Have No Juice

An event that is already minor league compared to the famed Ryder Cup, this year’s edition will continue the trend.  Sure golf is a global game but playing this in Korea is no favor to American sports fans.  A time of year that many of us are focused on football a runaway golf tournament played in the middle of the night will find it hard to gain much attention.

5. The U.S. Open Should Be Interesting

America’s national championship has already caused it’s fair share or headlines, and we have yet to put a tee in the ground at Chambers Bay, the course that no one knows.  This public jewel of the Pacific Northwest will be put front and center for the world to see, and it will be seen on a different network.  Gone is NBC and U.S. Open staple Johnny Miller, who has been replaced by Fox Sports and Greg Norman.  The USGA was blown away by Fox’s offer to obtain the rights to the world’s toughest major, but will this be a deal with the devil? We’ll have to wait and see.

4. A Top Player Will Win At Whistling Straits

If history teaches us anything, only the best conquer Pete Dye’s masterpiece.  The past two winners have been number one players in the world and even the current number one player Rory McIlroy has a top 10 finish there.  With the number one and two players in the world having won the past three majors look out for big things come August.

3. Tiger Woods Will Play Again, Just No One Knows When

The biggest story in golf from February to April will once again become front and center as the world waits for another return.  Yes he looked better at Augusta but then only a few minutes after completing his final round when asked when we’d see him again he said “it’s gonna be a while.”  So “Tiger Watch” is in full effect once again.  Don’t expect to see him at the World Match Play in a few weeks considering he’s still ranked outside the top 100.  That leaves us with The Players, and then the U.S. Open. Stay tuned.

2. Rory McIlroy Will Win Another Major

Lost in Jordan Spieth’s dominating triumph at The Masters was the fact that Rory ran away with things on the weekend.  Two blazing rounds in the 60s including a 66 on Sunday helped the world’s best player earn a 4th place finish.  That marks three straight top five finishes in majors for McIlroy. Chambers Bay may not fit his game well but he can easily dominate things at St. Andrews in July, and the PGA Championship in August.

1. There Will Be No Masters Hangover For Jordan Spieth

His top five streak was snapped last week at the RBC Heritage but that doesn’t mean the number two player in the world is on his way to a quiet few months.  There may not be any more major wins this year but he will still be in the mix.  He handles the media and the pressure with flying colors and the post Masters celebration tour will have little effect on him.  Expect to keep seeing his name on the front page of leaderboards.

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