The PGA tour is has arguably the most talented group of golfers we’ve ever seen, and 2016 only appears to be a continuation of that argument. Filled with players who are established and proven winners playing the best golf of their careers and plenty of young guns that have proven that they can win on the biggest stages. This season promises to be one of the most exciting yet, and these five golfers may be key players and guys to keep an eye on this year.
5. Kevin Kisner may be the one golfer on the list who is under the radar, but that seems all too likely to change this year. One runner up finish is a golfer who had a great tournament. Two runner up finishes makes one wonder, Kisner had four second place finishes including a second place finish at the Players Championship…hmm.
4. Adam Scott, yes the former world No. 1 is here despite failing to notch a victory in 2015 (the first time that has happened since 2001). So how does this happen. Call this a mere adjustment period, as last year was the first time Scott couldn’t use the long putter since the PGA anchoring ban. Expect him to have that figured out this year, the rest of the story is the writing on the wall.
3. Bubba Watson is perhaps the most volatile golfer on this list, but it will all come down to putting for Bubba. With his tour experience and incredible length off the tee and from every where else on the course, if his putting is right then his potential could be the greatest. Don’t tell Watson this is a young man’s game, but…
2. Jordan Spieth will be one of several golfers in 2016 to affirm that golf today is in fact a young man’s game. The thing about Spieth that belies logic is his maturity, however, and this is evidenced by his play in the biggest of tournaments. A major factor and consideration in every Major speaks for itself, and he’s only getting better.
1. Jason Day finished 2015 as one of, if not the hottest golfer on tour. Of course this didn’t surprise anyone, including Day. What’s really scary is that most experts and Day himself will quickly state that he hasn’t even come close to playing his best golf yet. It took a little while, but once Day began winning on tour a couple of years ago, well he has been simply the best in the game. That doesn’t look to change in 2016.
If you are wondering about the other big names, say McIlroy for example, well it just is more evidence of how talented and how loaded each field is at every tournament. Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and many others will make some noise this year too, but this may really be the most amazing and talented players in the history of the game. There was a day not so long ago when courses were thinking about making changes to “Tiger proof” them, there are just too many tigers, sharks and bears today. This should be fun!