The PGA Tour starts in earnest today as The Sentry Tournament of Champions honors last seasons winners this week and is followed by 2018’s first full field event next week on Oahu at the Sony Open.
Can Rickie Fowler win a major…finally. He’s the seventh ranked golfer in the world, had 4 PGA wins, another 3 around the world and has been one of the most popular players on tour since he came out in 2010 and won Rookie of the Year. He’s been close before and I am hoping he can finally break through like Sergio Garcia did at The Masters.
Speaking of Sergio, the newly married Sergio…he’s another one I have hopes for in ’18. Please don’t disappear like 2016 Masters winner Danny Willett. Back that major up with a few wins here and maybe another major to cement yourself as a real major champion.
Good friends Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas are bound to win a few tournaments this season and I a hoping for some head to head, down the stretch, mano y mano finishes between these two youngsters. We yearned for a Tiger/Phil face-off for decades and that really never materialized. And yes, Spieth and Thomas are more apt to be hugging it out as they walk down the eighteenth rather then trying to take each other out with a little “gamesmanship” but it would be fun to watch these two. They could be doing this for twenty years…hopefully.
Lexi Thompson won twice on the LPGA last year and even won the CME Globe season ending million dollar prize but her season was marred by one of the worst rules fiasco ever. She was screwed out of her second major at the ANA Inspiration with a 4 shot penalty which has even prompted a rules change. But that did her no good last year. I am hoping she dominates with a bunch of wins, grabs a major or two and peaks out at number one in the Rolex Rankings. That would be a nice bounce back.
Of course the subject on everyone’s mind is the biggest question mark of the season…Tiger Woods. He says he’s ready for another comeback…and I have lost count on which number this one is but it is certainly going to be interesting. The fact is golf is more interesting with Tiger in the game, period. Hate him, love him it doesn’t matter. He still moves the needle…always will. I am hoping he stays healthy enough to truly find out if he has any golf game left in that old body of his.
Let’s hope we have a season free of obnoxious rules fiascoes and off course nonsense. I am hoping for some great finishes at the majors, a revolving door atop the world rankings, some classic finishes among a few great personalities and maybe a breakout player or two.
Oh, and maybe for a little less of Trump on the course, please.