2014 Major Championships Predictions

It’s still pretty early in the 2014 season, but Augusta is going to come quick for a lot of players and the major championships will be underway. Tiger has looked rusty. So has Phil. Rory’s game seems to be coming around. Adam Scott was playing terrific golf and is now on hiatus. Even Sergio chalked up a win overseas. There have been first time winners and guys validating themselves with a second win. There are more guys with the game and the guts to win major championships than ever before, which makes the majors very unpredictable. But why not try!

I think the upcoming major championship venues beg for a throwback year. Has it really been that long since Tiger has won a major that we can call it a throwback year if he tallies one, or more? It certainly feels that way. He’s won on every course except Pinehurst No. 2, where he has finished in the top 3 twice. We all know Tiger is a creature of habit.

Here are my bold predictions for the 2014 major championships.

The Masters

Winner: Tiger Woods
In Contention: Jason Day
Dark horse: Ryan Moore

Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but Tiger is overdue for another green jacket. The four time winner is almost always in contention at Augusta but his recent chances have been derailed by weekend putting woes. Despite a slow start this year, I think this is the year he finally has a good weekend on the greens and gets one closer to Jack. He put an emphasis on being rested this off season which will bode well for him to peak in April.

The US Open

Winner: Phil Mickelson
In Contention: Sergio Garcia
Dark horse: Graham DeLaet

A bit of a sentimental pick, who doesn’t want Phil to finally complete the career slam? He’s had success at Pinehurst No. 2 finishing second there in 1999 to Payne Stewart. Is it too much to ask to have Tiger and Phil pick up the first 2 majors?

I think this will be the year DeLaet picks up his first TOUR win, and also pops up on a leaderboard in a major. He’s one of the best ball strikers in the game and seems to have more and more confidence every time he tees it up. Go Canada!

The British Open

Winner: Tiger Woods
In Contention: Henrik Stenson
Dark horse: Thomas Bjorn

The Open returns to the site of Tiger’s 2006 emotional triumph. If the conditions are firm and fast again Tiger can leave his driver in the bag at Royal Liverpool and let his irons do the talking. Bad news for the rest of the field when Tiger plays from the fairway.

The PGA Championship

Winner: Henrik Stenson
In Contention: Rory McIlroy
Dark horse: Stephen Gallacher

Stenson has been playing too well not to get his first major this year. He’ll get redemption after a close call at the British Open. With Tiger being the last person to win at Valhalla in 2000, it was tough to pass on him. However, extensive changes to the course and new greens may take away some of his good vibes when he returns.

Stephen Gallacher might be someone to keep an eye on this year as he moves up the ranks and qualifies for more big events in the USA. Successfully defended the Dubai Desert Classic and played the first two rounds with Tiger and Rory. After making the turn on Sunday at 4-over, he battled all the way back to even par for his round to grab the title. That takes some guts. The guts required to contend in major championships.

Leave a reply with your own predictions and lets see who comes out on top!

Happy golfing

Josh

  6 comments for “2014 Major Championships Predictions

  1. Golf Pro
    February 5, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Masters – Rory
    US Open – Phil
    British Open – Tiger
    PGA Champ – Sergio

  2. February 5, 2014 at 10:46 am

    My picks:

    Masters:
    Winner – Jason Day
    In Contention – Tiger Woods
    Dark Horse – Angel Cabrera

    Day has been in contention at practically every Masters he’s played in, everyone is predicting Tiger to win another green jacket, but I think he doesn’t handle the pressure. The whispers of “he’ll never win another one,” will start to turn to screams at this point. And can you really call Cabrera a “dark horse” with his incredible career at Augusta? I don’t know, but I did.

    US Open:
    Winner – Hunter Mahan
    In Contention – Phil Mickelson
    Dark Horse – Webb Simpson

    Ever since the last putt fell on Sunday of last years US Open everyone has been talking about Phil winning the career grand slam this year. Don’t get me wrong I’d LOVE to see it, but with all the focus on Phil I think someone will sneak in and win it out from underneath him. Mahan has played well in his last two majors, and if he can finally throw together a good final round he’ll win this week. Oh and that Tiger guy? Pinehurst was redesigned two years ago throwing it back to the 1940’s design with *GASP* no rough! This will help Tiger with his irregular tee shots, but it will also help everyone else. HE’LL NEVER WIN AGAIN!

    British Open:
    Winner – Adam Scott
    In Contention – Lee Westwood
    Dark Horse – Graham DeLaet

    Adam Scott has an almost super-human record at the British Open’s. I’ll just keep picking him to win this tournament until he does, because he will. Delaet is a dark horse I wanted to pick for at least one major. He played a particularly bad 9 holes at last years Open (43) that I’m sure was a great learning experience. The British Open may not be his time to shine, but I think he’ll be involved in at least one of the majors leader boards this year. Poor Lee Westwood, always a bridesmaid….

    Oh and Tiger who?

    PGA Championship:
    Winner – Tiger Woods
    In Contention – Sergio Garcia
    Dark Horse – Jimmy Walker

    BAM! Tiger wins! Tiger wins! By this point in the season everyone will all but given up on Tiger’s chances of ever winning a major again. “He’s too much in his head,” “he’s not the Tiger of old,” etc. etc. But remember that win of his at Valhalla in 2000? Well if you don’t you’ll be seeing the replay of him pointing to his ball as he runs up to it after his putt on 18 to force a playoff over and over and over again. I personally don’t think Sergio will ever win a major. He’s missing that certain jeau de vie you need to win. But I think he’ll be in contention in quite a few. Walker is the current Fed ex cup leader and is putting together a great season, I expect to see him on the leader board of one or two majors this year.

    • February 5, 2014 at 11:25 am

      Good insight and interesting picks, Matt. Golf is in a good place when you can make strong arguments for so many guys. FYI your dark horse picks have 3 majors combined 😉

  3. Beth
    February 5, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Masters – GMAC
    US Open – DeLaet
    British Open – Poulter
    PGA – Mickelson

  4. February 6, 2014 at 5:14 am

    I’ll have to show this post to my husband, who’s a scratch golfer. Although our TV is always on either golf or hockey, I have absolutely no idea who’s who, although the names are familiar.

    • February 6, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Hi Helena, thanks for the comment. You should absolutely show this to your husband! I’d love to hear from him.

      Josh

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