RE­CAP­PING OUR 2017 PRE­DIC­TIONS

Golf Australia - - THE WANDERING GOLFER -

We hit the nail on the head with some of our pre­dic­tions for 2017 but missed the mark com­pletely with oth­ers. Here’s how we fared:

NAILED IT …

• Golf Aus­tralia Ed­i­tor Bren­dan James urged read­ers to keep their eyes on Marc Leish­man. And al­though Leish didn’t quite crack the world’s top-10, he cer­tainly had the best year of any Aus­tralian, win­ning the Greg Nor­man Medal. • James also pre­dicted Ja­son Day would make his first ap­pear­ance on home soil in four years at the Aus­tralian Open at The Aus­tralian Golf Club. • Golf Aus­tralia Ar­chi­tec­ture Ed­i­tor, Mike Clay­ton, se­lected Jon Rahm as the global player to watch through­out 2017. The Spa­niard went on to be­come one of the world’s top-10 ranked play­ers after start­ing the year in 137th. • In trib­ute to the late Arnold Palmer, an empty chair was placed on Au­gusta Na­tional’s 1st tee for the cer­e­mo­nial open­ing tee shot per­formed by Jack Nick­laus and Gary Player.

MISSED THE MARK …

• Tiger Woods will play the Mas­ters and fin­ish in the top-10. It will be his best fin­ish in a ma­jor for 2017. It won’t be all bad for the Big Cat this year. He will win twice, in­clud­ing a WGC event, and fin­ish in the top-10 on the PGA Tour money list. • Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tells US Cap­tain Steve Stricker “You’re fired!” on the eve of the Sun­day sin­gles at the Pres­i­dents Cup after the Amer­i­cans suf­fer big losses in the Satur­day four­balls and four­somes. He re­in­states as­sis­tant cap­tain Fred Cou­ples but it’s not enough to over­come the In­ter­na­tion­als who claim the Cup for the first time ever on US soil.

NEAR MISSES …

• Jor­dan Spi­eth’s Mas­ters press con­fer­ence will be two ques­tions old when he is asked about the ‘melt­down’ that cost him the green jacket in 2016. (The jour­nal­ists at Au­gusta Na­tional asked five ques­tions be­fore mak­ing any men­tion of the 12th hole.) • A man-bun will make its first ap­pear­ance at a Mas­ters green jacket pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony when Cur­tis Luck claims the low am­a­teur prize, em­u­lat­ing Oliver Goss’ per­for­mance in 2014 hav­ing been the only am­a­teur to make the cut. (The West Aus­tralian fin­ished sec­ond be­hind Amer­ica’s Ste­wart Hages­tad.) • Cameron Smith breaks through for his first win on the PGA Tour, which puts him in con­tention for Pres­i­dents Cup se­lec­tion, adding to the record num­ber of Aus­tralians in the In­ter­na­tional team. (Smith won the Zurich Clas­sic of New Orleans with Jonas Blixt but didn’t make the In­ter­na­tional team for the Pres­i­dents Cup.)

MICHELLE WIE WILL WIN HER SEC­OND CA­REER MA­JOR AT THE WOMEN’S BRI­TISH OPEN IN HER MOST CON­SIS­TENT SEA­SON YET ...

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