January 1st, 2019

Our Major Golf Stories For 2019

By Angus Macartney

 

How will Rory McIlory fair?

 

Image result for rory mcilroy

 

Our local star has enjoyed an impressive career and is widely regarded as one of the best players on the planet. However, on the major scene, Rory has struggled in recent years failing to win a major since 2014. With so many tools at his disposal, he has failed to notch up the wins that his talent demands.

However, Rory should entered more focused and driven than we have ever seen him. He has the challenge of completing a career grand slam of majors in April at the Masters.

If that wasn’t enough, Rory also will play the British Open in Portrush this summer where he will be desperate to put a big performance in for his home fans.

Rory is certainly worth considering for both the Masters and the British Open should he regain his confidence and form in the lead up to the events.

 

 

Will Tiger end his major drought?

 

Image result for tiger woods

 

There is no denying the game of golf is in a better position with Tiger back healthy competing again.

He’s not just competing, he managed to pick up the Tour Championship for his 80th PGA Tour win and first for 5 years. He knocked on the door for the PGA Championship but eventually fell short to Brooks Koepka.

The way I see it is that Tiger has nothing to prove and that makes him very dangerous. He seems to have found his short game again and with this area of his game strong again, he is capable of competing with the best.

Personally, I see the Masters as his best chance for a major this year given his impressive record at Augusta National. His course knowledge is unrivaled and this will give him a huge advantage over the field.

 

Can the “Golf Scientist” crack the major code?

 

Image result for bryson dechambeau

 

Bryson DeChambeau has taken the game by storm with his unique approach to golf. The American built his swing after reading “The Golfing Machine”; all his irons are the same length, weight and lie angle.

His golf game has proven it can stand up to pressure as he has become a serial winner on the PGA Tour. He thinks he has cracked another key to golf with the new rule change starting in 2019. The new rule allows players to put with the flat stick in.

In true Bryson style, he is adamant he has figured out over what distance he will put with the flag in; “it depends on the COR (the coefficient of restitution of the flagstick)” – what that means, your guess is as good as mine! We’ll have to take Bryson’s word for it!

To me, he is an ideal candidate for the US Open. The US Open is always a stern examination of the player’s game. Bryson is meticulous in his preparation and will map a way to best navigate the tough course set up.

He brings huge momentum into 2019 winning back to back play off events in the Fed Ex Cup. As a proud American, Bryson will be a huge threat to all four majors especially his home major – the US Open.

 

One to watch: Cameron Champ

Image result for cameron champ

 

In modern day golf, there is a premium on distance and an attacking style of golf. In Cameron Champ, we have found a player who is pushing the boundaries of driving combining colossal distance with accuracy.

His shares the same coach as Justin Rose – Sean Foley. He has been part of Cameron’s team since he was 14 and warned that he has “the accuracy of David Toms off the tee but hits it 30 yards past Dustin Johnson” – a frightening prospect for the PGA Tour.

Obviously, Champ must harness this power and learn when to be aggressive. But, the reality is his results were encouraging last summer with 5 top 10 finishes – he will take this confidence into the New Year.

When he puts all components of his game together, he will definitely be a force not only in America, but all over the world.

 

Check out Toals.com for all your golf major selections this year!