By Nick Vaillancourt
The 2019-2020 PGA Tour season is underway after the completion of some of the opening tournaments.
This marks the return of one of America’s greatest games after a prolonged two week off-season. With the season officially started, it is time to make some predictions for the upcoming year.
Rookie of the Year:
Viktor Hovland– Ranked as the 92nd player in the 2020 Official World Golf Rankings, Hovland played some fantastic golf last season and extended a PGA Tour record with his 19th straight round in the 60’s at The CJ CUP. Although he has played in over five PGA events prior to this season, including two majors, he is still is considered a rookie and should be able to secure Rookie of the Year without any trouble.
- Honorable Mention – Scottie Scheffler
Jordan Speith– It comes as no surprise that Speith is my pick for the least improved golfer for this upcoming year. He ranked a mere 181st in driving accuracy percentage (53.12%) and 179th in greens in regulation Percentage (62.80%) last year. Although Speith was fantastic on and around the greens (2nd in putting and 35th around the green), my confidence in him to return to his former victorious self is at an all-time low. With the spotlight on him this year to perform, I have uncertainty that he will live up to the expectations that surround him.
Dustin Johnson– With surgery to rectify an issue with his left knee this past September, Johnson looks to start off this year the same way he did during the beginning of 2018-2019 season. DJ was immaculate off the tee, ranking fourth, and he ranked eighth in tee to green. He did tend to struggle around the greens though. I have a strong feeling that Johnson will rebound this season and compete with Brooks Koepka as the most dominate in the field.
World’s No. 1:
Brooks Koepka– Arguably the most dominate player in the field for the past couple of years, Koepka is going to continue to dominate this season. He ranked in the Top 5 in scoring average and in the Top 10 in birdie average for this prior season. After withdrawing from The CJ CUP this year due to an apparent left-knee injury, Koepka looks to make a strong comeback and pick up where he left off last year.
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