As our holiday hangovers begin to wear off, it’s time to buckle down and start getting serious about the impending golf season.
We’d be foolish to start off the year without a prediction piece.
Each year, industry experts (and “not-so-experts”) line up to put in their two-cents. This year’s been no different. How much will Tiger actually play? Who’s destined to take home The Ryder Cup? And, should Rickie Fowler leave his high-tops at home?
But there’s no need to trawl the entire internet. We’re here to bring you the ones that are the most-news worthy, the topics that aren’t going away, the stuff you’ll see threaded throughout 2016.
In other words, if you read one article about 2016 golf predictions, this is it.
Get used to Spieth winning. After Jordan’s ‘highlight reel’ of a season in 2015, it might be hard to believe that he’ll continue to perform. But Get More Sports has predicted he will. Last year, he won the Masters and U.S Open, took home 3 other PGA Tour titles, and topped it off with the FedEx Cup. Predictions are being made that he is here for the long haul. Simply put, he’s just that good.
Rory loves years with even numbers. ESPN is predicting a great year for Rory McIlroy with 5 of their golf writers and editors believing that 2016 will put him on top. While some may consider this a “safe prediction,” the ESPN writers think that the success will firstly stem from, his precarious personal problems having come to an end. Second, he has gotten his health in check. PGA Championship wins in 2012, 2014 and now 2016?
The Rio Olympics is destined for criticism. 2016 is the first time golf has been entered into the Olympics since 1904, so you can bet golf and sports enthusiasts alike will have plenty to say about it. Fox Sports continues the predictions by reporting that the Olympics will be strongly criticized and will be a learning year for the sport. While the Olympic Committee already decided upon a 72-hole stroke play format, golf media has already questioned this decision.
The big hitting topic. Golf Digest has predicted that the question of whether or not guys are hitting the ball too far will begin to see some traction. While they don’t believe that 2016 will be the year that the PGA Tour begins to regulate clubs and balls, they do expect the issue to see increased scrutiny. But let’s be honest, what fans don’t love a little ‘equipment technology’ based controversy?
The Ryder Cup in 2016 will not be in American hands Bleacher Report, and not the European version, predicted it. While the United States may have more players in The Top 20 Official World Golf Rankings, and the Ryder Cup is played on US soil, the Europeans are simply better at Ryder Cup play. They’ve won 8 of the last 10 competitions, and Bleacher Report believes they show no signs of stopping. Thanks Bleacher…so much for patriotism.
There’s a “golf bubble” and it’s destined to pop. The current golf landscape relies on heavy tournament purses and huge TV ratings. But with Tiger Wood’s play time being questioned, CBS Sports predicts that this environment can’t be sustained forever. The bubble will eventually burst, and they believe rumblings will start in 2016.
Ricky Fowler shows his love for VPAR… orange. You heard it first here, from inside the walls of VPAR HQ. Rickie’s got our brand colors covered. He wore them for his interview with Golf Digest, and while celebrating Ivor Robson’s retirement. The internet will predict anything right?
So what do you think of these predictions? We want to hear from you. Tweet us @vpargolf with what you think 2016 has in store!