Guest Blog Golfers to keep an eye out for in 2022
20 December 2021 / Golf /
The 2022 golf season is soon going to be upon us, and with the top 200 golfers in the world primarily American players, will we see a surge in talent from other countries? We think so. So, read on to discover our golf team’s pick of the golfers to watch out for in 2022…
John Rahm (Spain)
John Rahm is demonstrating to be a solid and consistent player who continues to consulate his reputation in the PGA, with his performance in 2021 being outstanding. He is also currently ranked number 1 in the world. Having participated in 28 events including the majors, Rahm finished in the top 10 in 20 of those events – this of course includes his exciting win of the US Open at Torrey Pines. As such, he is definitely one to watch this year.
Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland)
For years, Rory McIlroy has been considered as one of the greatest talents currently playing on the PGA and European Tours. Rory’s dedication to the game from a young age has really paid dividends in his professional career, winning three major tournaments and just needing the Masters to complete the Career Grand Slam. Rory is definitely one player to keep an eye on leading up to the preparation of The Masters and, following a strong end to the 2021 season, can he take this into 2022?
Hideki Matsuyama (Japan)
Hideki is a player that with a little more consistency could take his game to the next level. With a reputation for having a pause at the top of his backswing, he obviously loves to work on his swing positions, but at what cost? His results in 2021 have been very up and down; obviously winning The Masters Tournament was a particular highlight, but then having to wait 15 weeks before another top 5 finish, we are not convinced this is how he planned his season. If Hideki learns to score a little more consistently, we can see him finishing at the top of a lot of leaderboards in 2022.
Colin Morikawa (US)
If there is one golfer on tour right now that you would want on your team, it is Colin Morikawa. His rise over the past couple of seasons has been incredible, and he certainly wasn’t slowing down in 2021, adding a WGC and Open Championship to his tally which has pushed him into the world’s Top 20. One of the contributing factors to his success is the quality of his ball striking – in particular, his iron play. It just highlights to us all that hitting more greens in regulation is a great way to lower your scores.
Matt Wolff (US)
Matthew Wolff is probably the most relatable player to the amateur golfer on tour. He has a golf swing that you would see during your midweek roll up, he signed for the wrong scorecard in The Masters which resulted in DQ, and has recently spoken about mental challenges when playing golf. For us, this is what makes him such a captivating and appealing individual. With a couple of Top 10 finishes in 2021 and being ranked inside the top 50 in the world, it really shows what can be achieved with hard work and determination. We really enjoy watching Matt play and believe him to be a major contender for 2022.
Thoughts from our Head Golf Professional, Tom Minshull…
“For those of you who aren’t aware, during my time as an Assistant Professional I spent three incredible years working at one of the toughest golf courses in the world – Carnoustie Golf Links, Scotland. Apart from its challenging layout and strong winds, there are also the closing holes to contest with. In 1999, Jean Van de Velde found himself in the water on the 18th hole! He unfortunately then went on to lose The Open Championship in a playoff to Paul Lawrie…
But, I digress. Let me take you back to 1949. Ben Hogan, a golfer who at that point was a 3-time major winner, had a near-fatal car accident, looking like he would never swing a club again after a shattered pelvis, rib damage and a broken collar bone. However, miraculously, in 1953 he managed to almost complete the Grand Slam by winning three out of the four majors (one of these being The Open Championship at Carnoustie) and then a further three, taking his major title tally to nine, before retiring from golf.
Likewise, Tiger Woods achieved one of the greatest sporting comebacks in history by returning and winning the 2019 Masters Championship after a long break from golf. Unfortunately in 2021 he suffered a terrible car accident, similar to his boyhood idol, Ben Hogan. But thankfully for us all, Tiger has recently been seen posting videos of himself hitting balls on his social media, which begs the question – will we be seeing a second comeback in 2022? I certainly hope so!”
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