1. Will Zalatoris Finally Winning His First Major
After coming off his best season on the PGA Tour, Will Zalatoris has proved that he has what it takes to make a lot of noise. Zalatoris finished top five in six tournaments including a win towards the end of the year in the FedEx St. Jude Championship. Zalatoris also finished second at both the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open. His driving and putting are two areas of his can that need to be improved if he wants to earn that first Major win. When putting between four and eight feet, Zalatoris is ranked 187th on tour. If he can clean that up a bit and cut that number in half, his odds will drastically increase on getting that big Major win.
2. Tiger Woods Back in the Mix of Winning Majors
The year Tiger Woods had in 2022 was nothing short of disappointing, albeit with low expectations. I think for the rest of his career we should always have low expectations for him because of the injuries he has endured over the past two years. Woods has given us hope that he still has that special magic still in the bag with his recent play in the PNC Championship. In the first round, Woods had many moments of prime Tiger Woods. He was making putts from 20-30 feet, sinking chips, making great iron shots, and striping his driver. As long as he can figure out the foot issue, there is no reason why Tiger can’t put himself back into contention on Sundays of Majors.
3. Scottie Scheffler Winning His First FedEx Cup
The past two years, Scottie Scheffler has become a premier player on the PGA Tour. A lot of people thought it was going to be a breeze for Scheffler heading into the FedEx Cup playoffs and winning the cup. Rory McIlroy had other plans and stole the FedEx Cup from Scheffler. In 2022, Scheffler ended the season with three wins, including a win at The Masters. Scheffler also finished in the top five in ten tournaments. 2023 can be the year Scheffler finds a way to finish the deal this coming year because there is no one who can play at the same level as him.
4. Max Homa Breaking into the Top 10 of the WGR
Max Homa is a guy that everyone on the PGA Tour needs to look out for. Last year was a coming out year for Homa. During his 2022 campaign, Homa was able to put together five top 10 finishes, including two wins at the Fortinet Championship and the Wells Fargo Championship. Homa was also given a spot on the U.S.A Presidents Cup team due to his great play in 2022. Currently, Homa is 17th in the World Golf Rankings and is in reach of making the top 10 sometime in 2023 if he can continue his stellar play. Homa already has a win in the 2022-2023 season going back-to-back at the Fortinet Championship.
5. Tension Beginning at The Masters between PGA Tour/LIV Players
With LIV players being able to play at The Masters this coming April, there is sure to be some players from the PGA Tour that will have mixed emotions. With these emotions, surely rivalries between players from both leagues will arise. I think us as golf fans want a little bit of rivalry between players. Golf has always been known as a game in which you have the utmost respect for the players you compete against. Very rarely do we see any hard feelings come out of any of the professional golfers towards each other. I hope this coming Masters tournament brings the beginning of a few rivalries on the course and that some of the players can show it whilst on the course.