2020 PGA Tour Preview
December 26, 2019
Well this might be a little late since the PGA Tour season is already 14 tournaments through, but let’s do a preview of the remaining tournaments that actually take place in 2020. It’s already been an exciting start to the season with multiple wins from Brendan Todd (yes, that Brendan Todd who battled the shanks not too long ago), victories by JT, Rory and Tiger, and a cheating allegation (we are looking at you P Reed). So what else will we see the rest of the season?
The 2019 class of rookies got off to quite the start with victories by Collin Morikawa at the Barracuda Championship and Matthew Wolff at the 3M Open. Those two will look to continue that momentum starting off at the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua next week. There were others that made a splash but couldn’t climb into the winner’s circle and I feel this will be a great year for them. I am keeping an eye on Viktor Hovland early in the season to join Wolff and Morikawa.
Where will Tiger win no. 83?
It is still hard to believe that Tiger came back and won the Masters this past April. So many people never thought he would win any tournament again after those tumultuous years fighting back injuries. But here we are, talking about when and where Tiger will break Sam Sneads total of 82 PGA Tour victories. We can pretty much guess which events Tiger will play in due to his history of staying away from tournaments before majors, limited amount of travel, warmer weather for his back. My best guess is he plays well at Torrey Pines, struggles at Riviera, and will stand alone at 83 at Bay Hill. I mean the guy loves that track and his track record shows it.
Which Jordan Spieth will we see in 2020?
It’s been a difficult few years for Jordan after that incredible run from 2015-2017 which has prompted all of us to wonder which Jordan will we see. The now 44th ranked golfer in the world is looking to get back to the Tour Championship after two straight seasons of not qualifying. Hopefully “watching” the President’s Cup from his couch will give him some motivation to get back on track. Jordan finished 157th in Strokes Gained tee to green compared to 2015 when his finished 4th. I heard all season about his putting but when you can’t get it close to the hole, you aren’t going to putt as well. If he can improve his ball striking, we will see Jordan back in the winner’s circle.
Will we get another Grand Slam winner?
We have three golfers within one major of reaching the grand slam: Jordan Spieth (PGA), Phil Mickelson (U.S. Open), and Rory McIlroy (Masters). Will one of them break the curse and finally win that elusive major? I think Phil’s time is running out on the U.S. Open. Winged Foot is host to one of Phil’s biggest collapses so it would be an incredible story if he was to pull it out. As discussed above, Jordan needs to find a spark in his ball striking to have a chance at TPC Harding Park. The most likely choice has to be Rory. He is playing great golf as of late and despite his struggles at Augusta, he has the game to finally get the green jacket. There will be all kinds of storylines heading into these majors and I can’t wait to see what happens.
What else can we expect?
I will be discussing the season more every week but the question remains, what else can we expect for the 2020 season. If Patrick Reed has anything to do with it, it will definitely be entertaining. From Bryson and pace of play to Matt Kuchar and his alligator arms, 2019 had a little bit of everything. I have a feeling 2020 will be very similar.