2019 pga tour preview
The 2019 PGA Tour Season is bringing a ton of changes to its schedule, as well as a variety of new players that are already competing. The season kicked off in the beginning of October, but most players generally take this time off and do not play until the Sony Open in Hawaii at the beginning of January. The PGA Tour is also bringing significant changes by moving the PGA Championship to May and moving the Players Championship to March. The schedule change made perfect sense, but it will be interesting to see how players react to 5 straight months of flagship championships being played in a row.
Bryson DeChambeau impressed a lot of critics when he won the first two Fedex Cup playoff events in 2018 and won at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open in early November. With his unusual swing methodology and physics-based approach to golf, many swing instructors and analysts thought he was nothing but a gimmick. Nevertheless, he showed the entire world that he has what it takes to compete for major championships. Be on the lookout for DeChambeau to notch a few more wins on his belt and also make sure to check out if he is keeping the flag stick in the hole while putting.
Brooks Koepka had a career year in 2018 and he will be looking to continue his winning ways in 2019. The world number two won both the PGA Championship and US Open in 2018, putting him into the elite class of golfers who have won more than one major championship in a year. Koepka is a very unique golfer, as three of his five PGA Tour wins have been major championships. Most golfers that have three major championships have more regular tour wins than major championships. Koepka will be looking to be more consistent on the PGA Tour and rack up wins in regular tour events as well as majors.
Of course any list of big hitters is not complete without the Big Cat himself. Tiger turned a lot of heads in 2018 when he claimed his first PGA Tour win since 2013. Tiger looked like his old self in 2018 where he competed for majors and brought viewers in like only he can do. Fans and experts are anxiously awaiting to see where Tiger will tee it up in 2019, especially with the new schedule changes.
Up and Comers
Up and Comers
With a name like Cameron Champ, it is no surprise that he has already won a PGA Tour event. Champ won the Sanderson Farmers Championship on October 28th, claiming his first PGA Tour win. Champ can knock the cover right off of the ball. He averaged 334 yards off the tee at the Sanderson Farmers Championship, which was 20 more yards than the next closest player. If Champ can find the fairway during a PGA Tour event he will be a force to be reckoned with, as no one will be able to keep up with his driving ability.
Joaquin Niemann is just 20-years-old and has already proved that he can play with the big boys. He was the number one amateur player in the world when he turned pro in April of 2018, and he quickly earned a temporary membership by finishing in the top 10 three different times in his first five starts on the PGA tour. Niemann ended up playing in eight tournaments and was able to get one more top 10 finish, thus cementing his status for the 2018-2019 PGA Tour season. He already has another top 10 finish at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open and looks to be poised to compete for titles in 2019.
Cameron Davis will be an Australian rookie on the PGA Tour this season. He earned his spot by finishing 6th on the Web.com Tour Finals’ money list. He has already proved that he can compete with the world’s best by claiming the Australian Open in 2017. Davis will be looking to bring that success to the PGA Tour, where his highest finish has been tied for 39th at the Open in 2018. Davis could be a dark horse at many different PGA Tour events in 2019 thanks to his driving length and putting ability.
Needless to say, there is more talent on the PGA Tour than there has ever been — and it shows week in and week out. Young guns will be looking to steal the thunder from more established veterans in 2019, and it will be fun to watch the best players in the world battle it out for titles. Who is the golfer that you are going to be watching in 2019? Let us know in the comments
By Robert Charles Hanes
Freelance Golf Blogger
Nov. 20, 2018