Fifty reasons why golf will be amazing in 2018

2017 was one of the best years golf has had in a really, really long time. The major championships produced incredible winners and drama, the youth movement is in full swing and even Tiger Woods looks like he may be a capable player again going forward. I already wrote a ton about how great 2017 was and I hope you’ll check it out, but I have to let you in on a little secret…

2018 has the potential to be so much better. You should be really excited for the next twelve months. How excited am I? In no particular order, here are fifty reasons, questions and thoughts around why golf is going to be amazing in 2018.

Note: This only covers the men’s professional game.

1. The Ryder Cup

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The most exciting event in golf is back in 2018, and the Americans will be looking to win the cup in back to back starts for the first time since 1993. For context, Jordan Spieth turned two months old the day after that Ryder Cup win in 1993, so it has been a little while since we’ve seen it happen. The Americans, in theory, have a loaded roster full of young talent, but the Europeans are in a much better spot than many people realize. Throw in the fact that the Americans have only won this event away from home twice since all of Europe was properly integrated in 1979, and it’s hardly going to be a runaway.

Will Phil Mickelson become the fourth oldest American to play in a Ryder Cup? How many American souls will Jon Rahm crush? Did Patrick Reed really need to recite the Pledge of Allegiance on the first tee?

I can’t wait.

2. The swashbuckling buccaneer

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Almost two years ago, I wrote about how we should all appreciate Phil Mickelson because I wasn’t sure how much time we had left with him as one of the game’s truly elite players. Since that piece was published, Mickelson has put on an historically good performance at the Open Championship, duelled Sergio at the Ryder Cup, hit drivers out of the rough, played from previously unheard of positions, took his wedge out while on the green to play over a bunker and played the most Mickelson round of all-time, among other things that I’m sure I’m forgetting.

In short, he’s been doing what he always has: entertaining the people. 2017 was a weird year for Mickelson, where he admitted that he was nervous at the top of a leaderboard and he couldn’t seem to finish off rounds, but as he turns 48 in June, he’s still one of the most entertaining players in the game. Enjoy him while you can because there will never be another one.

3. The underrated Matthew Fitzpatrick

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The top of the game is younger than ever before, which is great for all of the obvious reasons, but it also means that we don’t really appreciate how good certain players are because we compare them to Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. The best example of this is Matthew Fitzpatrick, who at 23 years old, has four wins on the European Tour. He reached four wins faster than many players that we revere as some of the best that Europe has ever produced, such as Rory McIlroy, Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer.

Many would be paying more attention to him if he played more in North America, but the truth is that he’s really quite incredible to watch. His last nine starts in 2017 produced nine finishes inside the top-20, including that fourth win in Switzerland, allowing him to finish the year inside the top-30 in the OWGR for the first time in his career. He’s the real deal, and you should be excited to watch him play in 2018.

4. Here’s Johnny!

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Look, I get why Johnny Miller is a divisive figure in golf amongst players, media and fans, but him re-upping with NBC for one more year in 2018 was good news. I don’t know how much longer he plans on staying in the booth, but the fact that we get at least one more year of his takes is music to my ears. Yes, at times, he’s over the top and ridiculous but he’s entertaining and that’s what we should all want on a broadcast, right?

5. Broadcaster Bones

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Speaking of NBC, I’m a little surprised that Bones hasn’t gotten back into the caddie game at this point with a big name player, but that just means that we’re the real winners with him staying on at NBC / Golf Channel. His run last year as an on-course reporter was tremendous, as he offered more insight than just about anyone else on the grounds in recent memory, and it wasn’t dry in any way. Theoretically, he should only get better as he gets more experienced while on the course, assuming he doesn’t get stolen away to carry the sticks again.

6. The European Tour Idea Dartboard

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INT.  WENTWORTH  –  NIGHT

Keith Pelley, John Paramore and Thomas Bjorn sit at European Tour Headquarters, posting ideas on a dartboard, sipping scotch as the night fades to early morning.

PELLEY

Alright, Thomas. Your shot.

Bjorn steadies his hand, and gets ready to launch a dart towards the board. He fires, with the dart sticking to the idea right in the middle of the board. He approaches to retrieve his prize.

BJORN

Match play, one club challenge. Sunningdale.

PELLEY

Perfect, I’ll make the arrangements.


I mean, I’m sure it’s a little more refined than this, but how far off can it be? And I love it! We’re getting a shot clock tournament, GolfSixes is back, something called the Belgian Knockout and whatever else comes out of the minds of those running the European Tour. We all love golf, but standard stroke play could use some spicing up from time to time. The European Tour gets it, and I love that they do.

(Also, someone really should do a one club challenge at Sunningdale or anywhere else, really. That idea is on the house, Keith.)

7. The PGA Championship at Bellerive

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I’ll be honest: I don’t know a ton about Bellerive, other than it’s in Missouri and underwent a Reestoration in the last decade or so. The PGA Championship still struggles with figuring out what its identity is, something which won’t be resolved when the championship moves to May in 2019, but it’s still a major and something that requires our full attention for four days in August. Even without that identity, the PGA usually delivers something pretty fun, so don’t look at it in a negative way.

8. Gary being Gary

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Gary Player actually won the first big event at Bellerive, taking the 1965 U.S. Open in an 18-hole playoff against Kel Nagle. 53 years later, Player is golf’s most active octogenarian and he was constantly in the news in 2017. He got into it with Robert Trent Jones Jr, calling him “a strange coot” and attempted to “let sleeping dogs lie” by going at him again a week later.

He wanted credit for winning senior majors that weren’t previously counted (he’s right about that) and every few weeks, it seems like a video pops up of him doing something absurd. Player is sure to keep being himself in 2018, and it’ll be entertaining no matter what form it ends up taking.

9. Patrick Cantlay’s Ascension

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Patrick Cantlay was always supposed to do what he did last year, but injuries and other circumstances got in the way. He’s healthy now though, and given how quickly he rose in the OWGR last year, I can’t tell you how excited I am to watch him in 2018 with what should be a full schedule. I don’t know what his ceiling is, but let’s just say that it is very, very high.

Prediction: Cantlay posts at least two wins and makes his first Ryder Cup team in 2018.

10. Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen: Perfection

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You all know what I’m talking about. I alternate between Scott and Oosthuizen for who I think has the better looking swing, but honestly, it doesn’t really matter. Both are as good as it gets, and you should watch them whenever you have the opportunity.

11. How good is Xander Schauffele?

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Xander kinda came out of nowhere last year, and I’m not really sure what to make of him. Was he a guy who just got red hot in a few tournaments? Or is he a guy that, much like Cantlay, should be on Jim Furyk’s radar for the Ryder Cup? I’m not sure that we can answer that at this point, but we should have a pretty good idea fairly early on in 2018.

12. The Open Championship at Carnoustie

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The last five years of the Open Championship have been pretty incredible, and now, we’re heading to one of the most difficult tracks in the world in Carnoustie. If it starts to blow, players are going to have a dreadful time out there and even if it doesn’t, there’s enough trouble to be found that it’s not going to be easy. Speaking of Carnoustie…

13. Tommy Fleetwood: England’s next superstar

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Tommy Fleetwood is the current course record holder at Carnoustie, as he posted a 63 there in the Alfred Dunhill Links in 2017. As it always is with Fleetwood, it was superior ball striking that got him the record. There’s no doubting that Fleetwood is one of the best ball strikers in the world, and with people talking a lot about Jon Rahm being the biggest addition to the European Ryder Cup team, Fleetwood has been able to fly under the radar. Don’t sleep on him though: of all the high quality, young English talent in the world, Fleetwood is the best one and I’m betting that he shows exactly why in 2018.

14. The European Tour summer stretch

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Neither tour will admit it, but we’re getting closer and closer to the idea of a global tour with each passing year, even if it isn’t officially written that way. Overall, the PGA Tour schedule is stronger than the European Tour, but in the summer, the Euro Tour has some extremely stout events. From May to July, they attract world class talent with events like the BMW PGA Championship and the stout national open stretch prior to the Open Championship: the French Open, Irish Open and Scottish Open all attract great fields in preparation for the third major championship of the year, and 2018 figures to be no different. Throw in the fact that many people will want to get a first look at France’s Le Golf National, the host site for the Ryder Cup in September, and you’ll want to tune in.

15. Barn Rat comin’

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The Yeezy wearing, dart slinging, past parallel king of Asia is back! While most of the golf world wasn’t really paying much attention, Kiradech Aphibarnrat made an end of season run, posting nine top-25 finishes in his last ten starts, including a runner-up to Jon Rahm in Dubai and a win in Thailand. These finishes allowed Kiradech to jump inside the top-50 in the OWGR, meaning that he’ll play in his second Masters Tournament in 2018. There are very few players in the world that are more entertaining to watch than Kiradech, and the fact that he played well enough to get back into a higher standing in the world is good news for all of us. Let’s hope he stays there over the next twelve months.

16. L’Artiste

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I know many of you don’t care for Bryson DeChambeau, and that’s fine, but I’m hear to tell you that you’re missing out. Golf is better with characters being outlandish and different, and that’s exactly what DeChambeau is. If he says that it’s important to know how his left arm functions under dynamic load, I’m going to believe him, even if it means absolutely nothing to me. He’s interesting, and on top of that, he can flat out play.

17. The AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest

New courses on the PGA Tour are always fun to see. Even if they aren’t supposed to be that great, see last year’s WGC-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec for instance, they are a nice change of pace. This year at the Nelson though, we’re not only getting a new course, but also one that looks absolutely stunning and is drawing rave reviews.

Trinity Forest was designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, and trust me, after reading pieces by Jonathan Wall and Andy Johnson, you’ll know exactly why I’m so excited. I can’t wait for the middle of May.

18. JT’s encore

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To me, Justin Thomas and his five wins were the story of 2017. He currently sits in the number three spot in the OWGR, behind only Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth. He’s probably not as consistent as either of those guys, but he’s more explosive and there’s no reason to believe that he can’t have another great season. How he responds to having more pressure on him, similar to what Spieth did in 2016, is going to be fascinating to watch.

19. #RahmThreat

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If I told you that Jon Rahm was going to be the number one player in the world at some point in 2018, would you be surprised? I wouldn’t be in the slightest, and that’s kinda crazy considering that he really only showed up on the radar of the professional world in 2016. Much like Thomas, Rahm’s explosiveness is off the charts, both with his ball striking and his demeanour and when he’s on his game, it’s hard to see many players being able to keep up.

He was laughably listed as a dark horse in major championships last year, but that’s not going to be the case now. He’s one of the world’s best.

20. Ryder Cup Poulter

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Ian Poulter regaining his PGA Tour card last year thanks to Brian Gay was a bizarre story, but something interesting happened after Poulter’s privileges were restored: quietly, he played well. Coming into 2018, Poulter sits just outside the top-50 in the OWGR after ending 2016 in the 184th position. If the Ryder Cup teams had to be picked today, I’m pretty sure that Poulter would be on the European side.

Now, should that scare the Americans? Of course not, but if Poulter is able to play, he has the potential to breathe some life into a European team that it sure to be underdogs in France. If you think that won’t motivate him to play even better in 2018, you’re crazy. For those of you who like Poulter, this is good news. For those of you don’t like Poulter, it gives you another chance to root against him. It’s a win-win!

21. Peter Uihlein: PGA Tour player

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Much like Cantlay, Uihlein was always supposed to be a superstar, and while he’s not there just yet, he’s close. After spending the last few years in Europe, Uihlein announced his plans to come back to the United States towards the end of 2017, and promptly won on the Web.com Tour, securing his spot on the PGA Tour. I’m sure that there’s going to be an adjustment period for him, especially around getting used to the courses, but he belongs on the PGA Tour, and it’s going to be interesting to see where he goes in 2018.

22. The U.S. Open at Shinnecock

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I feel pretty confident in saying that you won’t find anyone who will say a bad word about Shinnecock Hills. Most outlets have it ranked inside the top-5 courses in the United States, and it’s going to be interesting to see how the USGA sets up the course, given the non-traditional U.S. Open we saw last year at Erin Hills. Hopefully they don’t do much of anything because, frankly, they don’t need to do a single thing.

Retief Goosen won the last U.S. Open at Shinnecock in 2004.

23. Rickie Fowler’s major hunt

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I said in my 2017 Year In Review that I didn’t think Rickie Fowler needed a major to validate his career, and I really do believe that. Having said that, it’s clear that when you look at Fowler’s resume, it’s really the only thing that’s missing. He’s won small and large PGA Tour events, he’s won overseas in big tournaments on the European Tour, and he’s represented his country multiple times in team competitions. It goes without saying that he’s really, really good and there’s an argument to be made that he’s the most consistent player in the world.

Like I said, he doesn’t need the major championship, but it would obviously be a nice thing to have.

24. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson

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It’s impossible for me to separate these two. For the fifth consecutive year, both of them finished a calendar year inside the top-15 in the world. They each have one major championship and a bunch of other good wins, and alongside Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, Rose and Stenson are the elder statesmen of the European Ryder Cup team. They’re also extremely likely to be partners again when the event rolls around in nine months or so in France.

On top of all that, both are a lot of fun to watch because when they’re on their games, there are very few players who strike the ball better than them.

25. Paul Casey’s drought

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One of these days, Paul Casey is going to get another win. When you look at his results, the fact that he hasn’t won since the 2014 KLM Open is pretty crazy. Since that last win in September of 2014, Casey has been within five shots of the lead entering the final round of a tournament on eighteen occasions. Eight of those tournaments happened in 2017, and I just find it hard to believe that someone of Casey’s ability won’t get in the winner’s circle at least once in 2018.

Casey also rejoined the European Tour at the end of 2017, making him eligible for the Ryder Cup team again after being upset by the Colin Montgomerie snub in 2010. He’s going to be a nice addition for a European side that got beaten pretty soundly in 2016.

26. Young European talent

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There’s a lot of young American talent at the top of the game that we all know about. Spieth, Thomas, Koepka, Berger, and the list goes on and on. Europe may not have the sheer amount of young names that the Americans do, but I’d urge all of you to tune into more early morning European Tour golf. This is how I got to know players like Tyrrell Hatton, Thomas Pieters, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Tommy Fleetwood years ago, and how I really began to enjoy players like Thomas Detry and Renato Paratore last year. It might be a little too early for those two players to crack the Ryder Cup roster in 2018, but I wouldn’t be absolutely shocked if Detry and Paratore made a push, either. They’re really good, and you should give them some attention.

27. DJ on top

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DJ’s early season run prior to #StairsGate at Augusta was incredible to watch, and it sucked to not have him at the Masters. 2017 was his true breakout season, and as a result, if he can hang on to his number one spot in the OWGR for the next six weeks, he’ll join Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as the only players in history to hold the number one spot for a full calendar year. That’s significant, and the best thing is that there’s almost no chance that any of that will get to him in any way. DJ’s not going to change; he’s going to keep bombing the ball on ridiculous lines, and go about his business.

I’m not sure if he’s actually the best player in the world, but with the way he played in 2017, it’s hard to argue against it.

28. The Masters at Augusta National

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Do I really need to explain this?

29. Hideki Matsuyama: Japan’s best ever?

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Jumbo Ozaki is widely thought of as the best Japanese golfer of all-time, and it makes sense. The stats and the stories of his time on the Japanese tour are legendary, and he’s rightly in the Hall of Fame, but given that he didn’t compete a ton on the biggest stages, it’s hard to compare him to other players of his era.

At 25 years old, Hideki Matsuyama is one of the best in the world and he’s one of a few players who could be the guy to knock DJ off of his perch as the number one player in the world, something Ozaki never accomplished. Yes, he’s an incredibly slow player, but with a swing that nice and ball striking that pure, it’s easy to let that sort of thing slide when we’re talking about entertainment value. He still has some work to do, particularly on the greens, but it’s easy to see a scenario where in a few years, we’re talking about him as having surpassed Ozaki as Japan’s greatest player ever.

30. Golf Twitter

Twitter isn’t nearly as fun as it used to be for a variety of reasons, but I can honestly say that Golf Twitter remains pretty fun. From the jokes to the quality #content being shared, these accounts really do make the game better to follow:

31. The European Tour account

Regular tournament highlights are nice, but the European Tour account really takes things to the next level, giving us some of the most innovative material on the internet. On top of really educating people on their players, they manage to produce entertaining stuff on a weekly basis. This account, and the people behind it, simply make the game better.

32. Full time NLU

The NLU crew shooting their shot and going at the golf #content game full-time is a pretty big deal. Granted, I’m a little biased because these guys are friends of mine, but it seems pretty obvious that they’ve got a pretty good little thing going on and now that they’re going full-time, we get to see even more of it. I can’t wait.

33. Bernhard Langer’s Revenge Tour

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Bernhard Langer won seven times in 2017 on the Champions Tour, and somehow lost the Schwab Cup to Kevin Sutherland, who won once. I don’t understand how that’s a thing, and I want to see Langer go on a revenge tour because of it. Not that it’s likely that he can do much better than a seven win season, but at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised at anything Langer accomplishes. The man is an absolute beast.

34. The Golden Child’s run at history

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Jordan Spieth is a generational talent who has that undefinable “it factor” in spades. He already has eleven PGA Tour wins at 24, and if he can win the PGA Championship at Bellerive in August, he’ll become only the sixth player to complete the modern grand slam. I don’t need to tell you why watching Spieth is fun, but just know that what we’re watching is something that really doesn’t come along often at all. He’s an exceedingly special player.

35. How good can Brooks Koepka be?

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I’m torn on how good Brooks Koepka can be. It’s easy to look at his body of work and think that the sky is the limit, but the numbers paint a different story. So far in his career, he’s been a great driver of the ball, but his Strokes Gained: Approach has declined in each of the past four years, and around the greens, he’s an average player at best. He’s explosive, and what we saw at the U.S. Open is a great example of how well he can play when it all comes together, and he did have a consistent end of the year after winning at Erin Hills.

I don’t know, though. I’m not all the way there on him, but it probably won’t take much for that to happen.

36. Can Bubba bounce back?

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Bubba Watson is currently the 89th ranked player in the world after finishing 2016 in the number 10 position. No player in the history of the Official World Golf Rankings has ever fallen further after finishing the prior calendar year inside the top-10, which is pretty stunning and you can make a pretty convincing argument that a lot of it had to do with Bubba switching to a substandard pink golf ball. He ditched the Volvik and is now back with Titleist (without a deal, mind you) and you have to think he bounces back, right? Even if you’re not a fan of the guy, there’s no doubting that he’s incredibly fun to watch. He’s usually either playing well and working the ball in all kinds of directions, or he’s playing poorly, and well, we all know why that’s entertaining.

I don’t know how much better he’ll be in 2018, but he’s going to improve. I think.

37. The ball discussion

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It feels like we’re starting to reach a point where actual discussion about rolling back the golf ball may be a thing. Mike Clayton eloquently laid out some reasons as to why it’s important on the No Laying Up podcast, and you have way too many big name players and people in the game talking about how it’s time to start looking at it. Tiger, Jack and even some equipment providers are starting to talk about it, and of course, Geoff Ogilvy was extremely insightful on the topic a couple of months ago.

I can’t see a scenario where we get a decision on rolling the ball back in 2018, but I think we’re going to see the discussion advance further and that’s a good thing.

38. Are Tyrrell Hatton and Daniel Berger elite?

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I could have picked out a couple of different players for this PFT Commenter-style question, but Hatton and Berger seemed to be the best options. Both are young and have shown to have elite skills, and in Hatton’s case, his end of year run in Europe catapulted him to the 16th position in the OWGR. If I had to guess right now, I’d say that both players are going to be on their respective Ryder Cup teams in September, but both are also in that weird position of not really proving themselves on a really consistent basis. They are right there, though and 2018 is a really important year for both of them.

39. Is Marc Leishman the best Australian golfer?

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Based on the current OWGR, he is, but is that really the case? Jason Day is right behind him, and is bound to have a better year in 2018 after being pretty mediocre in 2017, at least by his standards. Adam Scott, while making me extremely nervous every time I see him putt, is still one of the best ball strikers in the world and has never gone back to back years without at least one worldwide win. He should be better in 2018, as well.

2017 was a real breakout for Leishman, with two wins and a bunch of other quality finishes. I’m really interested to see how he responds to that in 2018 and if he can back it up with another great season.

40. Pat Perez is involved

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It’s always been easy to root for Pat Perez. He plays with real emotion, which is usually a rarity on the PGA Tour, and more importantly, he has absolutely no filter when he speaks, which is an even bigger rarity in the pro game. He was always looked at as a bit of an underachiever given his amateur and college career, but now at age 41, he has two wins in his last 14 months and is ranked inside the top-20 in the world. More Perez is always a good thing, and theoretically, we’re going to be seeing and hearing even more from him in 2018 than we have in the past. That should get everyone excited.

41. Is Tony Finau ready to make the leap?

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Tony Finau didn’t win in 2017, but he had his most consistent year on the PGA Tour, with nine finishes inside the top-10, and in 2018, he’ll make his first appearance at the Masters. He’s a really good player, and someone that we should be looking at to make the “leap” into more serious contention.

42. No more call ins!

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It didn’t happen all that often, but I can’t tell you how excited I am to have the ability to watch a golf tournament and know that someone won’t be calling in about some kind of rules violation that they claim to have seen. It was one of the worst things about the professional game, and even though I’m not a huge fan of the Rules of Golf and the way they are handled, you have to give the USGA and R&A credit for jumping on this in the wake of the Lexi Thompson fiasco.

43. Will Alex Noren stick around?

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Alex Noren is the 18th ranked player in the world, and put in one of the performances of the year in 2017 on Sunday at the BMW PGA Championship. When I got to watch him up close at the Players back in May, I was amazed by the sound of the ball off the club face and how creative he was with his shotmaking. I think he’s the real deal, and someone who is a big asset for the European Ryder Cup team, but I understand the hesitation that some (*coughSolycough*) have around him.

I think he sticks around, wins a few times in Europe and plays a big role in France.

44. The inevitable Fred Couples run at the Masters

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Even though we all know how it’s going to end, it’s still fun to see every year. I see no reason to believe why it won’t happen again in 2018.

45. The Thomas Pieters effect

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Thomas Pieters didn’t have a great year in 2017, but his best finishes all came in big events: Riviera, WGC-Mexico, The Masters, and WGC-Bridgestone. After the way he played at the 2016 Ryder Cup, you’d think that he was a lock to make it in 2018, but he probably needs to put in a better performance this year to solidify that place. If he’s firing on all cylinders, possibly as Rory’s partner, he adds a dimension to the European side that doesn’t really exist. On top of that, I find it really hard to believe that he goes back to back years without picking up a win.

46. Feherty

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Is there a better interviewer, in any medium, than David Feherty? His show is a must watch every single week, regardless of who his guest is and he has this innate ability to get information out of people in the most entertaining ways. He makes you like the game, and his guests, even more at the end of each interview and that’s really, really hard to do. If you’re not tuning in every week at this point, you really need to change that.

47. What’s up with Jason Day?

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There was bound to be a regression after an historically good putting season for Day in 2016, but falling outside of the top-10 in the OWGR wasn’t expected in any way. There were a lot of reasons for that, both on and off the course, but it’s easy to see Day having a better year in 2018 and he already started playing better, quietly, at the end of 2017. His last nine starts of 2017 produced nine finishes inside the top-25.

Assuming he can stay healthy, he’s going to win again in 2018.

48. Sergio Garcia’s major burden has been lifted

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I’m not a believer in the “floodgates opening” theory, but in Sergio’s case, I do wonder how much of a burden has been lifted and if it will allow him to go on to more success going forward. Some players don’t appear to be bothered by the fact that they don’t have a major championship. I don’t know for sure, but I feel like Rickie Fowler is one of those guys, where Sergio was definitely burdened by it for years. He still has plenty of time left in his career, so it’s going to be interesting to see how he reacts to not having that pressure every single year to get the job done.

Also, if you can’t get excited about watching Sergio traj his ball around a golf course, I don’t know what to tell you. There’s very little in the game better than that.

49. The inevitable Rory resurgence

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A full year of health and dialled in gear for Rory? Sign me up. If you think he’s going another year without a win, you’re crazy. I’m not selling my property on McIlroy Island, and you shouldn’t either. The resurgence is going to happen.

50. Tiger looks healthy

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There’s a chance that we look back on this in a few months and realize how dumb we were for thinking that it was possible, but as of right now, Tiger Woods looks like a healthy professional golfer. That’s a big leap from where we have been in recent years, and if he can stay that way throughout 2018, it’ll be amazing.

Having Tiger compete against the current crop of talent has always been the dream scenario for everyone involved in the game, and for the first time in a long time, it actually seems legitimately possible. If that doesn’t get you excited for 2018, nothing will.

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