Will the top 3 take a stranglehold on the Majors?
At present we have an embarrassment of riches in the professional golf world. It feels like Rory McIlroy has been around for ever, but at the age 27 he still has the best years of his golfing life in front of him, and he could well dominate for years to come. His main rivals on the course are wonder kid Jordan Speith, who last season clinched both The Masters and US Open before going close to capturing the grand slam. Jason Day is now world number one and has been scintilating after final winning his first major at the PGA last July. These are the names that will be on everyone’s lips.
The Masters is the first Major of the year, and in most peoples opinion one of the best. With it’s amazing scenery and tradition that comes at Augusta, it’s hard to argue with the majority, and past champions are what legends are made of.
Next up in June we stay in America for the US Open and what is normally an extremely hard test for the large field. It was the tournament that Tiger Woods won the least amount of times in regards to Majors, and the likes of Lucas Glover and Michael Campbell have popped up with unlikely wins. This year it’s hard to look past the top 20 as they are all playing so well.
In July the golfing world heads across the pond to Great Britain and The Open Championship. Wind, rain and hale has been known to greet the players in what can sometimes be a war of attrition, just ask Adam Scott or Jean van der Velde. Past winners have generally faired well in the wind and on link courses, with low punchy shots the name of the game. Make sure you check the weather at Troon before placing your bet!
Last but not least it’s back to USA and the PGA Championship, the poorer cousin to the other three. Noticeable victors in the past few years have been McCIlroy and Jason Day, who won his first and only Major at Whistling Straits, surely not the last one for the world number one.
As well as the four Majors there are plenty of other huge tournaments throughout the year, including The Players Championship, known as the fifth major, and all the WGC events which contribute to huge amounts of points (and money) in the year ending Fed Ex cup.
The European Tour is also growing in stature and many top players around the world will contest around Europe and Asia for the Race to Dubai, won last year by a magnificent Rory, who pipped rising start Danny Willett to huge pay day. As well as the money, plenty of players will be aiming for a Ryder Cup spot in September, when the teams meet in America.
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