In your head, this could sound like a foul, over-the-top sport present host …
Hey everyone, it is the waaaay-too-early main championship predictions for 2022! I am going to provide you with all of the picks which have zero likelihood of coming true however are nice for beginning arguments! And what is the first large one I am gonna provide you with? The Masters is NOT the primary main of the 12 months! Hold on tight, youngsters, ‘trigger right here we go!!”
Winner: Patrick Cantlay
It isn’t a debate anymore whether or not or not it is a main. Sorry, previous of us, you would possibly as effectively recover from it and embrace it.
What’s additionally not a debate is that Patrick Cantlay has bought sport. It isn’t flashy or attractive. Heck, if we’re being sincere, it is type of boring. However that is what profitable the Gamers takes: boring, affected person golf. Cantlay will dry toast it round TPC Sawgrass to win his first profession “main” and the floodgates will not open.
Winner: Jon Rahm
Simply because it looks as if a straightforward, no-brainer choose doesn’t suggest it isn’t true. Whereas Rahm didn’t get into critical rivalry at The Open, his closing spherical did present us one thing that you need to make a psychological notice of — when the greens had been at their quickest, he putted his finest.
Now, a man who’s bought a U.S. Open title below his belt goes to tackle the place the place it is all the time been about placing.
Winner: Xander Schauffele
If there’s one course that I am (actually) cool with enjoying this main at in Might it is Southern Hills. It will probably get, uh, sizzling. This can be one other first-time main winner, however this time everybody can have seen it coming. Ever since profitable rookie of the 12 months in 2017, Schauffele has carried the load of main champion expectations on his again. That stated, his performances in majors actually did not diminish these lofty targets. “It is solely a matter of time” continued to be thrown round each time he did not win one. Effectively, this can be that point. The most well liked factor in Tulsa this week would be the man whose identify will get butchered extra typically than another PGA Tour professional’s as we speak — assume Xanadu Shuffle.
Winner: Brooks Koepka
In the event you thought he cherished his driver earlier than … man, the digs maintain coming! What’s extra American than Brooks bringing the title again house to the great ol’ USA whereas needling the American man who took the title from him within the first place. (Good day, Bryson DeChambeau.)
In 2021 at Torrey Pines, Koepka struggled on the again 9 when he had an opportunity to win Sunday. That won’t occur once more. This time, he grabs the lead early and closes just like the Brooks we have seen earlier than.
And that winner’s presser goes to be one thing.
Winner: Bryson DeChambeau
Yeah, the scientist goes to win the one hundred and fiftieth enjoying of the oldest main in golf. No matter how you are feeling about Bryson, there’s something you must give him credit score for — he is keen to adapt and “determine it out.” On the ultimate day of the 2021 Open he stated he understood learn how to play hyperlinks type. Take into consideration what is going to come out of his lab after he takes that data and grinds on it for a 12 months. Simply saying, do not be stunned if each Previous and Younger Tom Morris are standing within the surf off the seashore at St. Andrews shaking their mashie niblicks at DeChambeau as he turns into the 2022 Champion Golfer of the 12 months.
P.S. Bryson’s presser can be even higher than Brooks’ from the U.S. Open as a result of he’ll lastly take a legit shot at Koepka, and can ship us to infinity and past.