It’s another year for the game of golf and 2017 will see the return of old heroes and the emergence of new names. It has been dubbed the “make or break” year for the big stars of the sport -Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tiger Woods- while other lesser-known players will begin to rise through the ranks. This year, there is certainly no shortage of young personalities, aging superheroes and intriguing events to follow across the globe.
Looking back, 2016 was an incredible year for golf with 4 new Major winners, The Ryder Cup, impressive seasons from Jason Day and Dustin Johnson, the arrival of Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston and the return of Tiger Woods to the game. Perhaps the most surprising event of the season was Danny Willett’s green jacket win at The Masters but we also witnessed one of the greatest final round showdowns of all time between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson competing for the Open Championship at Royal Troon.
We now look forward to seeing who will continue their form and who will emerge a star. To embrace the New Year, we want to share some predictions for 2017:
McIlroy finished in the top 10 during his last three trips to Augusta. Some say that now is his time. All eyes will be on Ireland’s premier player at the world’s most illustrious tournament this year.
2016 wasn’t a great putting season for Day and after his string of injuries, getting to the world’s number one spot was both incredibly difficult and an extraordinary achievement. Staying there will be even harder but we wish him well in the New Year.
Golf fans the world over are excited by Woods’ return this year but experts say, despite moments of inevitable brilliance throughout 2017, he might not actually win a tournament all season.
There are currently 14 Asian golfers in the world’s top 100. Impressively, that’s more than Africa, Australia and South America combined. With Hideki Matsuyama leading the way with multiple PGA wins, we start the New Year by paying great respect to China, Japan, India and other Asian countries for their contribution to the game.
Garcia has been a central figure in golf for nearly two decades but despite this, he has never won a major championship. Astonishingly (and quite frustratingly), he has, however, had 22 near-misses by placing in the top 10. Could this be his year or has his time now passed?
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