The 2016/17 PGA Tour Season starts on Thursday, so we thought we’d put together 5 interesting, yet no so obvious players to follow, who will hopefully have a profitable season.
Si Woo Kim
The Korean male golfers have made giant strides this season, and none more so than Kim whose 17th place in this year’s Fedex Cup was a fantastic performance for a player who has only just enjoyed his 21st birthday. The winner of this season’s Wyndham Championship, where his smooth swing held-up well under the pressure of claiming his maiden PGA Tour victory, he looks sure to contend again this year on several occasions, and an improvement in his putting stats could see him emerge as a serious force in world golf.
Another supremely talented youngster who could be set to take the golfing world by storm. Spanish born, he attended the Arizona State University where he smashed records on his way to becoming the world’s number one amateur golfer. Before turning pro, he posted a top-five finish at the 2015 Phoenix Open, and rounded-off his amateur career with a 23rd at the US Open. Since turning pro, he has finished third in the Quicken Loans National, and matched that feat in the Canadian Open – earning his PGA Tour card for this season in just 7 starts. A phenomenal talent with serious power, he looks sure to have a great career.
The young Australian first caught the eye when finishing second to Anirban Lahiri in the 2014 Indonesian Masters, and his performance at the 2015 US Open where he finished fifth marked him down as a potential future major champion on tough courses. His next best finish so far is an 11th at Pebble Beach, but he’s one to bear in mind when courses are form and fast and the wind is blowing.
Injury blighted his early forays on the PGA Tour, but he did enough to keep his card last year with a run of top-10 finishes, and a play-off defeat in the Zurich Classic. A powerful, athletic golfer, he has also shown a willingness to continue to learn his trade by travelling to Wentworth for the PGA Championship last year, and to the Scottish Open, suggesting he appreciates his opportunities after his injuries. Looks sure to play with even more confidence this year, and a big surprise if he’s not in contention at least a handful of times.
Kokrak’s performance last season at Riviera, where he finished second behind Bubba Watson, marked him down as a sure fire future winner in my book, and I thought it might well have been last season. However, with so many great new players coming through, there’s a chance he’ll continue to go off at bigger than expected prices, especially if he misses a cut or two at some point. Powerful, he’s also a great iron player when at the top of his game, and it’s just a matter of catching him on the right week.