As we approach the end of 2018, the 2018-2019 PGA Tour season will be back in action shortly after we ring in the new year at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. With that said, we wanted to preview some of the things you should expect to see this coming year on the PGA Tour:
- Tiger Woods will continue his solid play while playing fewer events.
After the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods announced that he would play fewer events in the upcoming season, citing fatigue. There are two main reasons he had to play more events than normal last season: a couple unexpected missed cuts, and his horrible Official World Golf Ranking. Now that he is ranked inside the top 15 of the OWGR, he will be able to play in all the World Golf Championships, which have no cuts and guaranteed FedEx Cup points. This will make it easier for him to be rested and ready for the Playoffs, where he can make another strong run.
- A major is well within Rickie Fowler’s reach.
Rickie Fowler turned 30 just a couple weeks ago, and he has to be the top candidate for “best player yet to have won a major”. He’s had runner-up finished in 3 of the 4 majors, his most recent coming in the 2018 Masters Tournament behind Patrick Reed. Despite going winless in the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season, he is a streaky player who can get it going in a hurry; if he can avoid the big numbers in golf’s biggest stage, we could see Rickie hoist his first major championship trophy in 2019.
- The new USGA rule changes will be a major headline throughout the year.
The United States Golf Association has implemented changes that will take affect in 2019. Some of the new rules include there being no penalty for moving your ball during a search, a ball moving on the putting green, or if you make contact with the ball twice with one stroke, amongst several others. PGA Tour star Bryson DeChambeau has claimed he will take full advantage of the other new rule that allows players to keep the flagstick in while putting without penalty. It will be an interesting sight to see how much the new rules will affect the best players in the world.
- New major championship schedule will provide more excitement.
The days of a two-month gap in between the 1st and 2nd major championships done, at least for the time being. The PGA Championship, which will be played at Bethpage Black in New York, will be held in May, making The Open Championship the season’s last major. The move to the middle of Spring should provide course conditions we have never seen at the PGA, but no matter what, four majors in 4 consecutive months will have the golf world buzzing through July.
- Who will be the next Australian PGA Tour star?
After the Web.com Tour finals, there is now a new rookie Australian on the PGA Tour: 23-year-old Cameron Davis. Currently 91st in the FedEx Cup standings, he shares a first name with the other young Australian PGA Tour star, Cameron Smith. It will be intriguing throughout the season which of these two will have the better 2018-2019 PGA Tour season.