The 2022 PGA Tour season will undoubtedly produce some of the most memorable and prestigious Major Championships like it does every year. The first Major of the year, The Masters Tournament is the only Major where it is held at the same location every year: Augusta National Golf Club, a private course in Augusta, Georgia. Hideki Matsuyama is the previous winner. Next on the list of Majors is the PGA Championship, which will be played at Southern Hills Country Club, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The PGA Championship is played the weekend before Memorial day weekend, and has been played at various American courses. Phil Mickelson is the previous winner. After that you got the US Open which is also played every year at various locations around the US. Fun fact about the US Open, it has the largest purse of all the Majors: $12.5 million to the winner. Jon Rahm won it last. Last but not least, you got The Open Championship, often referred to as the British Open. It is the oldest golf tournament in the world and is played at different style links courses in the UK. Colin Morikawa is the previous winner. Now the question is who gets it done this year? Below will be a list of the four Major Championships and my prediction for who wins them.
The Masters: Jon Rahm
There is no debate, Jon Rahm is the number one golfer in the world right now, and based on his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, he’s not slowing down anytime soon. We saw Rahm get his first Major Championship last year at Torrey Pines winning the US Open. If you watch Rahm play, you understand he’s a generational, once in a lifetime type talent on the course. I mean it literally seems as if every tournament he’s in has an automatic top five finish. I truly believe Rahm elevates his game even further this year, and continues to build a hall of fame resume with a green jacket in April. Lastly Rahm has always finished close at Augusta he is due to pull away with it this year. Five top 10 finishes in a row!
PGA Championship: Collin Morikawa
Collin Morikawa is the second ranked golfer in the world and the dude is only 24 years old. What’s even crazier is that he already has two Major Championships. He won the Open Championship last year, and won the PGA Championship in 2020. Trust me when I say this guy isn’t going to stop winning Majors anytime soon. This year the PGA Championship will be played at Southern Hills Country Club, which requires strong iron play. Collin Morikawa being the number one iron player in the world makes me confident about the pick. Morikawa is ranked second in GIR % (Greens in Regulation) at 79.17% only behind Jon Rahm. He is also top five in birdies per round, eagles per round, and putts per hole. Give me Morikawa to raise that Wanamaker trophy for the second time in his career.
US Open: Jordan Spieth
The last time Jordan Spieth won a Major was in 2017 when he shot 12 under to secure a victory at the Open Championship. His career began back in 2013 when he won the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year award. Two years later, Spieth had one of the best seasons in PGA TOUR history. He won five times that year including The Masters, the US Open, and topping it off with winning the TOUR Championship. Last season, Spieth got very close to securing more Major Championships around his belt, finishing second at the Open Championship, and third at the Masters, as well as nine other top ten finishes in TOUR events. Mark it down, Spieth will get back to his winning ways in 2022 and I predict he gets his fourth Major at the US Open.
The Open Championship: Louis Oosthuizein
Going with a little bit of a curveball here. The South African Louis Oosthuizein has only one Major Championship in his career and that was the Open Championship in 2010 played at the old course at St Andrews, the same place it will be this year. Besides that Oosthuizein has been runner up in every other Major Championships he competed in: the 2012 Masters Tournament, the 2015 and 2021 US Open, the 2015 Open Championship, and the PGA Championship in 2017 and 2021. It seems everytime Louis competes at St. Andrews he plays well. In 2015 it took a playoff with two other golfers to keep him down. There’s no doubt that Louis has the skillset to compete in these Majors, for him it’s all about playing his best golf in the most clutch moments, which I believe he has all the motivation in the world to go out to a course he loves and secure his second Open Championship.