2015 was an incredible year for golf with both Jordan Spieth and Jason Day emerging as two of the finest golfers in the world. Trying to predict what golf has in store for us is always fun, so with the 2016 season well under way, we thought we’d highlight some of the players to look out for this year.
An obvious choice maybe but watching how the number one player in the world follows up his incredible 2015 will be the big story of 2016. Last year the 22-year-old won the season’s first two Majors and was named player of the year but his career is only just beginning. What happens next will be fascinating.
The baby-faced 22-year-old Englishman is widely tipped to be one of the breakthrough stars of 2016 following his maiden European Tour victory at the British Masters in October. Rounds of 64-69-68 showed his potential and the two-stroke victory pointed to a player who could get into the winning habit this season.
Casey made a big decision in 2014 to relinquish his spot on the European Tour which meant one of the UK’s best golfers removed himself from contention for this year’s Ryder Cup. What must have been a difficult choice looked to have paid off last season when Casey won many admirers in the US after making 20 of 24 cuts, finishing second twice and posting eight top 10 placings. All this bodes well for 2016 and Casey will fancy his chances at the US Masters.
31-year-old Kisner finished last season with a fine victory at the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia, capping an excellent year which saw him record four runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour. He has stated that winning a place in the US Ryder Cup team is his ultimate goal, though he’ll no doubt be eyeing success at the Majors too.
Almost completely unknown until last year, Finau enjoyed a fabulous first season on the PGA Tour notching up five top 10 finishes as well as making it through to the BMW Championship. The 26-year-old chose golf as a career over basketball and the 6ft 4in Finau certainly stands out on the fairway. With a new contract with Nike under his belt, one of the biggest hitters on the Tour should be one to watch in 2016.