What a year 2018 will be

The Signal - - GOLF - By Hans Ker­st­ing Pro­fes­sional Golfer

I don’t re­call be­ing more ex­cited about an up­com­ing year on the PGA Tour than I am for 2018. It is go­ing to be epic.

The re­turn of a healthy (for now) Tiger Woods only adds to the fas­ci­na­tion this up­com­ing year will bring.

The PGA Tour re­cently listed the Top 30 play­ers to watch in 2018, and it was shock­ing to read down the list. It was fur­ther ev­i­dence of just how great the tour has be­come.

Think about this for a sec­ond.

Woods was listed at num­ber 30, while Phil Mick­el­son wasn’t even in the Top 10.

The player at the top of the list was Justin Thomas. This choice is likely be­cause he seem­ingly came out of nowhere last year to cap­ture Player of the Year hon­ors.

2018 will be a piv­otal year for Thomas to see if he has the stay­ing power to be a top player for years to come. I think he does.

Num­ber two on the list was Jor­dan Spi­eth. He’s sort of be­come the PGA Tour’s ver­sion of the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots. He may not over­whelm you with any­thing, but he al­ways seems to be in the hunt. He is still the player to beat each week.

Con­tin­u­ing down the list you will find Dustin John­son, Rory McIl­roy, Hideki Mat­suyama and Rickie Fowler. Spa­niards Jon Rahm and 2017 Masters Cham­pion Ser­gio Gar­cia can also be found in the Top 10.

Among these play­ers, Fowler cer­tainly seems to be due for that first vic­tory in a ma­jor. How­ever, I pre­dicted a few months back that Mat­suyama was my pick for this year’s Masters, so I bet­ter stick to that pre­dic­tion.

One player that is mys­te­ri­ously low on the list of play­ers to watch is Justin Rose. He was listed at num­ber 19, which makes no sense to me. I con­sider Rose at worst, a Top 10 player in the world. At times, he’s got me con­vinced he may be the best.

An­other huge draw to this com­ing year is the 2018 Ry­der Cup that will be played in France. I don’t mean to take any­thing away from the Pres­i­dent’s Cup matches, but the Ry­der Cup is the great­est team event we have in the game of golf.

As much as I en­joy watch­ing the event when the United States plays host, the drama is in­ten­si­fied to a greater de­gree when Europe is the host. I’m sure this Ry­der Cup will be in­cred­i­ble to watch.

Whether it’s the re­turn of Woods, watch­ing to see who will be this year’s Player of the Year, or the an­tic­i­pa­tion of the Ry­der Cup in France, we have plenty too look for­ward to in 2018. Let’s just sit back and en­joy the show.

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