Well last year was an eventful year for golf. Scotty won the masters in some style and continued to impress all year long whilst Rory Mcilroy struggled to find the form that put him at the forefront of the golfing world, however a last minute win at the Aussie open ended his year a little sweeter. David Howell won for the first time in 7 years and Billy Foster returns to the side of Lee Westwood, in a bid to finally overcome his major duck after finally learning how to use his putter! Annnnnd Stenson was quite literally on fire in an exceptional year for the Swede.
Enough about last year, lets crack on, We thought long and hard about this years picks, here are our ones to watch for this year.
Firstly the young English maestro Tom Lewis,
After bursting onto the scene after winning the Portugal Masters, although the young prodigy quickly realised the Tour is not all sunshine and rainbows. Tom struggled last year however his third place finish in the championship trebled his earnings for the season which inturn kept his European Tour card and went a long way toward renewing the morale of the fallen boy wonder. Having employed Jonny Wilkinson’s (yes the Rugby player) coach, Tom hopes his new swing routine they have been working on will keep him composed and establish himself back on tour.
In my eyes, Tom is a raw talent, IF he can find the confidence early in the year, he could quickly mature and seriously compete.
An old favourite of mine, Paul Casey. A natural talent, a powerful hitter, in my eyes probably one of the finest English golfers around, after suffering several injuries his slip from golfing grace hasnt been easy to watch. Grinding back to a glimpse of his best last year, Casey won the Irish Open and continued to find form throughout the year. Providing he keeps his shoulder in one place, Paul is sure to be up there in many tournaments this year! I found this quote by Paul which did make me laugh and i completely agree “When you are playing good golf, you have no idea how anybody can play bad golf. When you are playing bad golf, you have no idea how you ever did what you did in playing good golf. That scrambles your brains.”
Ross Fisher, Ian Poulter and Peter Uihlein also found some impressive form towards the end of the year, and with the Ryder cup in September Poults will be keeping his game in tip top form im sure.
Rory… Rory, Rory, Rory. I often sit there in bemusement at how his swing can do wrong. After an awful year which im sure he wants to forget, surely he will get back to his former self. Finding a glimmer of form in the Aussy Open and the news on his new Driver and ball, he surely cant be far from a return, can he?
Another youngster that stood out for me, who i think has a huge future in golf, is Jordan Speith. Breaking into the winners circle before his 20th Birthday Joradn Speith looked o have everything, along with the maturity of that of an established Tour player. Speith had a great run in the Fed-Ex cup and was part of the Presidents cup as a captains pick, definitley one to watch. A solid game, confidence, youth, this kid does have everything.
Who are your picks for this year? Agree, disagree? Leave a comment we would love to hear your opinion.