Golf Predictions 2019: Why Are The Majors So Exciting This Year?

Golf Predictions 2019: Why Are The Majors So Exciting This Year?

Golf Predictions!


The 2019 Golf Majors promise to be so exciting for the fans this year!
Experience will be critcal in this years majors!
So, who will contend in the four Majors in 2019?


The Masters

The Masters returns next April with Rory McIlroy bidding to add this title to his career resume and join the other five members of golfs most elite club, "Grand Slam winners." Those illustrious members are, of course, Ben Hogan, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen and Gary Player. It's a real horses for courses venue with experience counting for everything! 
April 11th to 14th,
Augusta National.

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Before we start, it's Christmas! Be kind, the last guy that got all four Major winners correct for the year is on an island in the Carribean! (He owns the island!) It's a bit of fun, to be taken with a grain of salt, have a fiver, not a monkey, (betting slang term for 500), on your fancy and enjoy the golf! 

Win?

Justin Rose. I will be surprised if Justin doesn't contend in a couple of Majors this year and I think he will (with average luck) win one. Rock solid in the Ryder Cup and playing "pass the parcel" with the world number one slot, he has it all to win the most sought after jacket in golf! Back him in all four majors this year!

Rickie Fowler. He has the game and likes the course,  second last year, he just needs a bit of luck, (as they all do) to go his way to lift his first Major. Just turned 30, this is a pivotal year for Rickie.

Contender!

Tommy Fleetwood. Has course form and is a different player now to a couple of years ago, he will be full of confidence, and I for one will be surprised if he doesn't appear on the leaderboard of a Major in 2019.

Louis Oosthuizen Back in the winners circle recently and likes Augusta. The game of golf at this level is confidence and comfort in the surroundings of the course you are playing. He has both here.


Not for me!


Defending champion Patrick Reed. Had his day in the sun and I think he is plenty short enough at 28/1 in the betting with so many good players in form. Not for me thank you!

Former champion Sergio Garcia. Good win at the tail end of the year in Spain but this is altogether a different test. Cameron Champ at 28/1 is a joke price, those nice bookmakers are having a laugh at those odds!

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Sleepers and long shots -
Thomas Pieters & Paul Casey!

The PGA Championship


Bethpage Black

The PGA Championship gets a new slot in the schedule in New York on the monster public golf course known as Bethpage Black. The notoriously difficult golf course has legend status with warning signs for players attempting to play it without the required skill level! Typical New York! A Major was last played here in 2002 and was won by Tiger Woods. It promises to be another classic test.
May 16th to 19th,
Bethpage Black.

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Before we start, the US Open was played here in 2002! Our own Padraig Harrington finished 8th and Sergio Garcia finished 4th. Tiger and Phil Mickelson were 1st and 2nd. So, with a 17-year gap to a Major championship, course form for this PGA Championship is less relevant, but you do need to hit the ball a long way to contend here. The crowds will be of the Ryder Cup variety, loud and partisan. Tough course, tough crowds, what's not to like about the new slot in the schedule?

Win?


Justin Thomas. Small kid, big hitter, fits the bill here nicely. Has Major history and is a big-time player, perfect for this test of golf in front of a raucous New York crowd. Not for the timid and the crowds will love him!


Brooks Koepka. I like him a lot here, the biggest problem he will have later on in the year will be history at the US Open, three in a row is a big ask. But he is mighty long and has a cool head in extreme circumstances. This course was built for him, and he could easily add the PGA to his list of Major wins! 


Contender!

Tony Finau. Has the requisite power, and has been lighting up the fairways lately, wouldn't surprise me to see him pop up Sunday on the back nine at Bethpage!


Not for me!


Dustin Johnson. Too much going on in his world at the moment, you need clarity of mind to contend and win Majors. Capable but a watching brief this year.


Rory McIlroy. Hard to figure out where he will be next year, the weight of history will weigh heavily at Augusta, and there are others I prefer at Bethpage. Oozes talent, could win a couple of Majors in 2019, but I will pass here.

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Solid golf predictions or a Value Bomb?

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Sleepers and long shots - Gary Woodland & Thorbjorn Olesen!

The U.S. Open Championship 

Pebble Beach

What to say about Tiger winning here on one leg in 2000? This course always brings out the best and no doubt 2019 will bring another spectacular event. All the players know the course well with numerous tournaments being held here, but the set up for the U.S Open will be tough. Guaranteed!

June 13th to 16th,
Pebble Beach.

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Before we start, it is very tough to judge from AT&T form each year as to who will play well here as the set up will be... well different. Again, this is not a bombers course and requires a lot of tactical thinking. The greens are not as severe as others so position in the fairway is vital to attack the pins that will be hidden! Can't win around here from off the fairway or from the wrong angle to the flag. 

Win?


Justin Rose. Again, a second mention for Rose. If you look at the set up of the Major courses this year, good iron play is essential, and Rose is one of the best in this department. Pebble Beach will be set up tough and if the wind blows it will be last man standing. I fancy Rose to be that man!


Jon Rahm.  He likes it around Pebble, has links form, (won an Irish Open on links) and is too good a player not to pop up somewhere in a Major in 2019.  


Contender!

Bryson DeChambeau. This is exactly the type of course that you could imagine Bryson contending on. It will be an interesting year for the mad scientist, and it wouldn't surprise me to see him in the mix here come Sunday. A grinder, and you will need plenty of that quality around here! I think he plays to the audience a bit with the mad scientist thing but is no doubt a fine player!

Not for me!


Jason Day. Glimpses of form but still not enough for me to fancy him in any of the Majors in 2019. That could change if he plays well early doors, but others have stronger claims for me at the moment. He has course form at Pebble in the AT&T with a 5th and a 2nd in the last two years so watch how his year is panning out before risking your hard earned cash! If he turns up at Augusta, a sneaky few shekels would be in order here at Pebble. 

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Solid golf predictions or a Value Bomb?

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Sleepers and long shots - Shane Lowry & Russell Knox!

The Open Championship 

Royal Portrush

The Open returns to Ireland, it was last hosted here in 1951, but we have course form to help us even though there have been two new holes added. It is already sold out and promises to be an iconic Open with the Irish crowds roaring on the home team. They could get their wish here! July 18th to 21st,
Royal Portrush.

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Before we start, the pressure on the home contingent will be immense, but I think a player from the British Isles could win here, hopefully (being biased, and it is my blog!) an Irish winner! 

Win?


Rory McIlroy. Course records count for something, and he ungraciously took it from Padraig many years ago here. He loves the place and will have massive support. If he putts decent, he has a great chance to land another Open! 


Rickie Fowler. That man again! The one thing about Fowler that sets him apart from his fellow American players is his love of links golf. He thrives on it as his Scottish Open win proves - his best chance in 2019 to lift a Major.  


Contender!

Matt Wallace. He was unlucky to miss out on Ryder Cup selection last year but I think he will become a permanent fixture going forward. Another links expert, he will love the test that is Portrush, and along with a lot of the home contingent will see this as a legitimate chance to win a Major. 


Padraig Harrington. Make no mistake, he has a better chance than his odds suggest here. This is not a bombers course; it is all about position off the tee and a deadly short game. Think of it like playing chess and Padraig is THE grandmaster when it comes to playing links golf. If the weather turns bad, he will still be there Sunday when others have shouted "enough.On his day, the best links player in the world.

Not for me!


Jordon Spieth. I'm just not convinced about Jordon at the moment. His once impervious putting looks average now, he actually misses! This has trickled down into the rest of his game. If he can reignite the magic wand, the sky's the limit again for the silent assassin.


Frankie Mollinari. I like Frankie a lot, but I think he rode a wave of confidence last year for all it was worth. 2019 will be an interesting year for Frankie, a tough year I feel, there are a lot of good players, playing well heading into 2019. It's all about who blinks first!

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Solid golf predictions or a Value Bomb?

Courtesy of Paddy Power/Betfair


Sleepers and long shots - Paul Dunne & Ian Poulter!

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The Elephant in the room!

 

So, you got this far and no Tiger Woods, probably wondering if I was gone off at the deep end? I left him till last because nobody (including the man himself, I would suspect) knows what's going to happen next. He could win all four Majors comfortably in 2019; he has excellent course form on all four venues. Or, he could win nothing, nada for the whole year. 


This is what makes 2019 so exciting for real golf fans; the young guys kept calling out Woods when he was down and out. Now, they are not shouting too loudly. If the man below wins another Major, he will be the greatest player of all time, no doubt, and it will be the greatest comeback since Lazarus. 

(and that was pretty impressive!)


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An hour to spare?
Podcast Corner!

In sticking with this weeks theme of golf predictions for 2019, this podcast from the Golfhannel.com asks who the golf newsmakers of next year will be? ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€ Enjoy!


Last Word

Last word this week goes to me!

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