From @KevinsDelight @TheSportsDegens
The 2017 PGA TOUR season began with Justin Thomas surfing into Hawaii with two career PGA TOUR wins and immediately leaving two weeks later doubling his win total after sweeping the Aloha swing. After winning the Tournament of Champions, JT opened the first round at Sony with a 59 which allowed him to coast to a 7 shot victory over Justin Rose. The back to back wins for Thomas in Hawaii was a prelude of things to come for a very talented star on the PGA TOUR.
The West Coast Swing saw young guns rise to the top of leaderboards early and often with several of them staking claim to victories. Hudson Swafford, Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth all took home titles in California while Hideki won his 2nd straight in the desert of Arizona.
Rickie Fowler, Marc Leishman, and Adam Hadwin basked in the sun during the Florida Swing, while DJ took home his 2nd win of the year in Mexico City. After winning the first WGC at Club de Golf Chapultepec, DJ took home the WGC Match Play Championship in Austin. Wins at Riviera, and two WGC’s gave Johnson a great shot and taking home player of the year honors.
Streaky putter Russell Henley won the week before Augusta in Houston. Look for Henley to win a couple of times in 2018…
Sergio Garcia finally got off the snide winning his first MAJOR at Augusta National. Masters Champion Sergio Garcia has always been a favorite of mine and seeing him win his first Major was something I’ll never forget.
Trick shot magician Wesley Bryan won in front of the big lighthouse, Kevin Chappell fended off the troops to win the Alamo, Blixt/Smith won the team event in the Nawlens, Brian Harman kept UGA fans happy with a win at Eagle Point home to the Wells Fargo Championship while Quail Hollow was prepping for the PGA Championship, Si Woo was your PLAYERS Champion, Kisner won a lifetime supply of coffee from Dean & Deluca, the Duff Daddy won at Jack’s place, and Daniel Berger took home a title at St. Judes.
Erin Hills played host to the US Open which many felt played more like a PGA. Driving corridors and long rough weren’t as prevalent as you typically see at the National Championship. Shinnecock Hills I’m sure will bring back the necessity of driving the ball in the shortgrass and making pars in 2018. Brooks Koepka broke through with his first MAJOR shooting 16 under par which I’m certain the USGA won’s allow happen for a long time.
Spieth won the Travelers, Kyle Stanley won in the Nation’s capital, Schauffele won The Greenbrier, single length guru DeChambeau won a big green tractor, and Twitter Phenom Grayson Murray won a lifetime supply of barbasol…
Across the pond Spieth won his 1st Open Championship in dramatic fashion. The finish on Sunday was as riveting as you’ll ever see. His battle with Kuch over the last few holes was fun to see, even Matty had to grin through all of the excitement of getting throttled down the stretch.
What happens in Canada stays in Canada as Vegas took home the RBC North of the border. Stroud won in Reno playing Keno, Matsuyama won again at the WGC in Akron.
Justin Thomas strolled into Charlotte with 2 wins under his belt. The newly renovated Quail Hollow Club played host to the 2017 PGA Championship and Glory’s Last Shot. JT whose father is a PGA Professional made all of us PGA Members proud by hoisting the Wannamaker Trophy on Sunday afternoon. His jaunt around the Green Mile on Sunday was a sight to see. His 3rd victory on the year his sweetest by far.
Stenson won at the Wyndham, cozy confines for sure, DJ reared his empty head once again near the Jersey Shore, JT made like TB12 and won in Boston, while Leishman and Schauffele took home the final 2 FedEx Cup events. Not surprising after the year he had, Justin Thomas took home FedEx Cup Champion honors.
The 2017 PGA TOUR season was full of excitement. Even Tiger Woods played 72-holes in the Bahamas at the end of the year, “Silly Season” some would call it. As we head to 2018, here are a few predictions/thoughts I see in my crystal golf ball…
- Can Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, and the young guns continue to carry the PGA TOUR to relevancy without TW? We all know Tiger is the main draw somehow. But the younger guys on TOUR sure are making Sunday afternoons fun again. Ask yourself this: Is DJ really fun to watch? In my opinion NO. There is no excitement, no energy, and no enthusiasm watching him pound the ball 350+. He’s great don’t get me wrong, but lack of emotion makes him as fun as watching Brandel Chamblee….
- Will Tiger be able to play a full 2018 season? Will Tiger win? Will he be competitive? Maybe, no, and maybe are my answers. I hope for the good of the game the answers are yes, yes, yes.
- Phil gets back in the winner circle in 2018, maybe twice. A win at Shinnecock is exactly what he needs!
- Here are my Major winners: Rory at Augusta, why? Because this is the first I’ve mentioned him in the write-up. Phil at Shinnecock. Sergio at Carnoustie. Hideki at Bellerive.
Here is to hoping you all find more fairways and futures in 2018! Hit ‘em straight…