The Preview of 2018 (with Predictions)
While the PGA season began in the fall, here's the preview of what It can happen in the world of this in 2018. Surely we will not hit you with many of our predictions, but based on what we saw in 2017 here are:
The world of Golf:
In general, the themes that will make their mark will be:
The modern ball
Too many voices have joined the call to limit the distance of the ball modern More and more fields have been in need of extending their distances. For example, Augusta National continues to compare properties around it to extend holes, including land to extend the output of hole 13 - the classic par 5 where the second shot is a very good risk-benefit challenge.
some time there will be no more land to buy and you can not extend the fields to more than 8,000 yards - besides there are several classic fields like Merion that can no longer host tournaments without resorting to measures too drastic as defense.
Prediction: The USGA or Fred Riley, the AN commissioner, will commission the development of a ball with limited flight to one or several companies to test and use it in one or two years.
Slow play is a theme that year after year becomes more important. It is very difficult to enforce the rules in a professional tournament, although it is nice that the European Tour has experimented with a shot-clock in 2017.
Prediction: Nothing will happen. Everyone will complain, the professionals will continue to take their time.
The restructuring of the calendar that is approaching in 2019 where the PGA will move to May and the Player's to March, will open the door for the calendar to work better with a global tour made up of the merger of the PGA tour and the European.
Prediction: There will be more and more serious discussions with tournament sponsors - which It will underline a race and hard-fought dispute for being part of this tour that will dominate TV contracts. Probably this Tour will not be formalized in a couple of years, but there will be more and more rumors - it's just a matter of time.
You have to keep track of what happens with the bags of the best players
Bubba returns to play Titleist ball
At the end of the 2016 Bubba Watson was in the tenth position in the world ranking. In 2017, he fell to position 89. Interestingly, Bubba signed a contract with the Volvik ball during 2017.
Proof of the importance of the ball for professionals - they usually adapt faster to new sticks that different balls. You have to keep track of Bubba to see how you're going to use Titleist's Prov1x again - which you'll use without a contract for the time being.
Campechan bags or 14-suit contracts?
If you were professionals, would you take the money from a contract that forces them to play with a brand's complete bag? Or would you prefer to reject such contracts with the confidence of earning more money in the field with better results? You have to see what option some professionals take this year.
Combo sets and Driving irons
Another trend is to put together iron sets with different models. Usually the short irons with blades and the long ones with cavity backs. More and more brands allow you to put together a set in this way. As proof, many professionals have replaced the 3 or 4 with cavity backs and continue using blades in the rest of the set.
Another trend has been to put in the bag a 2 or 3 iron for the outputs. There are players who prefer the dispersion side by side of a long iron compared to a wood or hybrid.
The Majors of 2018:
Masters (April 5-8, 2018, Augusta National, Georgia, USA)
For many the best major of the year. All eyes will be on Tiger Woods and Rory Mcilroy who seeks to complete his Grand Slam. The favorite should be Jordan Spieth, who always plays well in this tournament.
Prediction: Rickie Fowler
US Open (June 14-17, 2018. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, NY, USA)
Shinnecock will host this year, and they can make sure that the USGA will seek revenge on their goal of protecting the field pair. Expect narrow fairways, high rough, fast greens and flags in almost comical places.
Prediction: Patrick Cantlay
The Open (19-22 July, 2018, Carnoustie, Scotland)
This field, better known as "car-nasty" - is an elusive field. Sergio will look for revenge after he almost wins in this field and there will be drama until the end.
Prediction: Jon Rahm
PGA (9-12 of August, 2018, Bellerive Country Club, Missouri, USA)
The latest version will be held in August. As of 2019 it will be held in May. In general the conditions are humid with smooth fairways that give advantage to long-punch players.
Prediction: Rory McIlroy
Web.com returns to the Bahamas: Will the conditions that made Several pros throw in the 90's?
Latin American Amateur Championship: The winner wins a ticket to the Masters. The last version was defined in tie holes where the Chilean Toto Gana won.
ANA Inspiration: The first major LPGA is always played on the same court, the year past caused controversy with a severe punishment to Lexi Thompson for marking his ball on the green, will there be revenge?
WGC Mexico: The WGC return to a venue that was a very pleasant surprise last year.Beware that it is not a very long course, but it will make the players think about the exit and their approaches how to position their ball.
Golf sixes and the Zurich Classic: These novelties are back concepts The Golf Sixes are 16 teams made up of two players and the Zurich is a 4 day tournament where the field also plays as a team.
Ryder Cup: The Americans enter as favorites with very much young talent. Prediction: Europe wins narrowly.
We will see the end of the year how bad (or lucky) the predictions were!