A fun tradition on the Golf is Mental blog is to prematurely predict the major champions for the entire season. With The Masters a little over a month away, I know you’re all thinking about it, so maybe this will help kill some time before that magical week in April kicks off the meat of the 2016 season.
I predicted 1 out of 4 winners correct on last year’s predictions, and am looking to improve on that this year. Not to rub it in (actually, mostly to rub it in), but nobody correctly predicted a winner in the comments section last year. Can anybody top me this year?
Winner: Rickie Fowler
Yeah, it was tough to pass on Jordan Spieth, who has never shot worse than 72 at Augusta National in eight competitive rounds. It’s just so hard to defend a major, even for the best players of all time. And Rory? Well, I think Augusta National is still in his head.
Rickie has shown good form this year, and will peak on the big stage at The Masters to get his first major. Although he hasn’t seriously contended at Augusta, he hasn’t hated it, either. He has made the cut in all five appearances with a T5 finish in 2014.
The U.S. Open
Winner: Adam Scott
The U.S. Open heads to Oakmont which will be a brutally difficult test of golf. Do you know who already won on a brutally difficult golf course this season? Adam Scott. I don’t expect any surprises or first time major winners on this golf course. Only a player with proven major champion pedigree will have the patience and the stomach to survive Oakmont under U.S. Open conditions. If Adam Scott keeps doing what he’s doing, he’ll find himself with a second major once U.S. Open week is all over.
The Open Championship
Winner: Louis Oosthuizen
Louis is too good to be held to one major in his career. He seems to be in his comfort zone on links golf courses, so another Claret Jug is well within his grasp. He lost in a playoff at last year’s Open, but won’t let this one slip through his fingers. An early season win overseas will make for a confident man heading into major championship season.
The PGA Championship
Winner: Rory McIlroy
The PGA heads back to Baltusrol, which made the nostalgic part of me want to pick Phil Mickelson, who won the PGA Championship there in 2005. However, there’s no doubt this course will suit Rory McIlroy, and he’ll be as motivated as ever to finish strong after a sluggish season by his standards. The unique Baltusrol layout, which features back-to-back par 5’s to finish the round, will have guys like Rory licking their chops.
Think you have what it takes to predict this year’s major champions? Let’s see what you’re made of, and leave us a comment!