Top 5 Things to Look Out for on the European Tour in 2019
Posted on January 14 2019
After a brief hiatus through the holidays and half of January, the European Tour returns to action soon. Before the 2019 calendar season begins, we wanted to share some of our thoughts on what should be a compelling Race to Dubai season.
- How will Francesco Molinari follow-up his breakout season?
After earning European Tour Golfer of the Year honors last year, the reigning Open Champion will have some big expectations going into the 2019 season. With six career European Tour titles over 14 seasons, the 36-year-old Italian should have a solid 2019 season, and could even split his time between Europe and the PGA Tour.
- Matt Wallace’s three-win season was no fluke.
Had Molinari not won the Open Championship, the no-brainer Golfer of the Year choice would have been England’s Matt Wallace. A 3-win season, plus a runner-up in the DP World Tour Championship, he is under 30 years old and full of promise to become one of Europe’s best players. Don’t be surprised to see Matt Wallace continue his winning ways in 2019.
- The old guard will have continued success in 2019.
The 2018 season was full of European Tour veterans making their presence felt, a few of them in comeback fashion. The most notable comeback player was Lee Westwood, who added his 24th career victory late last year. Experience is valuable in professional golf, and players such as Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, and Alex Noren will still have plenty to prove as they head into their late 30s.
- Some fresh new faces will make their mark in 2019
Between the top 15 finishers in the Challenge Tour season and the 25 qualifiers from Q-School, there will be some bright young stars playing on the European Tour in 2019. European Tour fans will take note of Denmark’s Joachim B. Hansen, who won twice on the Challenge Tour last year to lead the Order of Merit. There will be plenty of 20-something golfers looking to build a name for themselves in 2019.
- Who will be the best Australian golfer on the European Tour in 2019?
There were two Australian winners on the European Tour in the 2018 season: Wade Ormsby and Cameron Smith. Cameron Smith defended his title in the Australian PGA Championship, but spends most of his time on the PGA Tour. Look for a breakout year from 27-year-old Deyen Lawson, who will play full-time on the European Tour for the first time in his career. We are excited to see which Australian will make this year a career best, and we hope you are too.
The European Tour will start 2019 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on 16 January. We will have the full preview of this event before the rare Wednesday start.