Every week on the PGA Tour creates a new storyline in the golf world. Let’s take a look at what some players are facing.
I’m sure Jordan Spieth (above) feels like he has had a long dry spell away from the winners circle. Through 4 events (one being an invitation only ) in this new season, Jordan has finished T6, T3, 3rd, and T9 and has made just under $1,000,000, which to me seems like a pretty good start to the season.
Jordan’s expectation is to win each week, much like a lot of other guys. But Jordan is also a guy who won 5 times in 2015 and 2 times in 2016 and to me it takes a certain mental capacity to do that. Jordan last won on the PGA Tour in late May of 2016 and was on the Winning Ryder Cup Team. For him it’s been too long and with the way he has been playing, I really feel his chances are high to win Tour Title #9 in just his 108th start.
Derek Fathauer (above) seems like your everyday guy just trying to make his name against the best players in the world. Derek turned pro in 2009 and recently hit his stride in 2014 on the Web.com Tour, finding the winners circle and a PGA Tour Card. By finishing 100th on the Fed Ex Cup list last year, he is fully exempt this year and that alone can make you play a bit looser on the weekends. This guy is good enough to win and already has a T3 on the season. Will he step through the door and fight off some of the worlds best? If he does he will have a nice payday and a trip down Magnolia Lane in April.
Jason Day (above) seems forgotten with all the other headlines in 2017. With the Tiger Woods circus and Justin Thomas & Hideki Matsuyama playing lights out, some might forget who the top dog is. Jason still holds the #1 World Ranking and has it for a reason.
Jason’s last three seasons include nine wins – 1 in 2014. 5 in 2015. 3 in 2016. Up until the PGA Championship late last year, Jason was extremely dominant in either winning big events or having a chance to win them. An unfortunate back issue caused him to WD the final two events of the season and ultimately shut it down for a few months to get healthy. This guy wants to win and with a win this weekend he will reprove to himself he is #1 and that nothing will stop him from winning.
Here are some other headlines to consider:
Patrick Reed has won each of the last four seasons.
Pat Perez has 1 win and 4 Top 10’s through six events in 2017.
Brandt Snedeker won this event in 2015.
Going into the weekend there are 25-30 guys within 6 strokes of the lead. Three guys have a four shot lead over the field, but over the course of 36 holes in golf, anything is possible. This will be a fun finish on a great golf course.
Thanks as always for reading my blog.
Until next time go out and make some birdies!
Michael Romano Jr