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The last 10 years has given us the rise of many talented golfers, the implosion and resurrection of Tiger Woods and much more. 2020 is shaping up to be a transformative year in the Golf industry. As we enter a new decade, here are some unflinching predictions, – validated by some of the world’s sharpest golf pundits, on how things will play out in the coming year.
The FedExCup champion last season was super-impressive with 14 top-10s on the PGA TOUR from 19 starts. It led him all the way to Player of the Year honours. But one thing still irks McIlroy -- he hasn’t won a major championship since claiming his fourth in 2014. That will change in 2020. McIlroy is always a chance at Augusta National if he’s firing at the right time of year, and then the PGA Championship will be held at TPC Harding Park where McIlroy won the 2015 World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play. He’d also fancy his chances at Winged Foot and of course Royal St George’s. The stars will align somewhere.
Tiger’s best chance is at Augusta National, where he’ll be looking to win back-to-back green jackets and tie Jack Nicklaus’ all-time record of six Masters victories. A win would also move Woods within two of Nicklaus’ record 18 major championships.
Woods’ best value to win a major is at The Open. It’s one of the two major championships he has won just three times.
This prediction said at least one major just days ago until the results of the Player of the Year vote came to pass. Koepka, who won three times last season including the PGA Championship and the World Golf Championships-Fed Ex St. Jude Invitational, came up short to FedExCup winner Rory McIlroy. McIlroy also won three times, including the PLAYERS Championship and the TOUR Championship on his way to the FedExCup and had a TOUR high 14 Top-10s. Koepka was inside the top four of all four majors. So he had a decent claim for winning Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. But here’s the silver lining for Koepka. He plays his best when he feels slighted. So this vote by his peers will fire him up – and you can probably engrave his name on the FedExCup right now.
Let’s see how the year 2020 unfolds in the landscape of Golf.