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GolfWRX members predict what we’ll see on the PGA Tour in 2018

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Get out in front of 2018’s biggest PGA Tour storylines and secure bragging rights or guarantee ridicule when what you’ve seen in your crystal Pro V1 does/doesn’t come to pass!

Golfer929 fired up a forum thread devoted to 2018 PGA Tour predictions (otherwise known as the 2018 portion of the 2017/2018 wraparound season).

Here are a few of his prognostications.

“Tiger will make the cut in 2 of 4 majors
Tiger will have 2 Top 10 Finishes this season
Lock for a Win: Rickie Fowler
Lock for not winning any event: Henrik Stenson
Spieth nabs 1 major and 3 wins
Breakout Player: Bryson DeChambeau
Player of the Year: Rickie Fowler”

PJC says

“Look for Sneds to shine some more light after taking many months off, I think he will be ready come Torrey Pines time. Jason Day will poop out, but the media will continue to inflate him for whatever reason. Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama to have very big years.  Justin Thomas maybe so, so. Believe it or not, I think that Keegan Bradley will have a good somewhat consistent season. I don’t think we will hear Pat Perez’s name for a while once we get started into the actual 2018 season.”

DavePelz4 offers this hot take

“If Tiger plays and contends in an event GolfWRX will explode.

If Tiger plays and doesn’t contend in an event GolfWRX will explode.”

And Conrad1953 may be the most clairvoyant of all…

“Phil gets the moniker of “best player not to win for 5 years”.

Patrick Reed gives up trying to crack into the top 5…..says he mis-spoke
and meant to say top 10.

Sergio will say he’s happy to not win any more majors.

Chesson Hadley gains 5 lbs and loses his swing and goes on a crash diet.

Beef wins the Masters and says Arbys will be catering the 2019 Champions Dinner.”

Entering the winter hibernation portion of the PGA Tour calendar, there’s no better time to make your bold calls for the 2018 year

Check out the thread, and let us know what you expect on the big tour in 2018.

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  1. John Laury

    Nov 13, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Don’t underestimate Justin Thomas as you did by barely covering him most of 2017.
    I predict JT winning 7 events again this year including 2 majors. This guy is crazy good.

  2. adam

    Nov 13, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    thats why these readers are amateurs. first of all my boy henrick will win thats absurd to think he can’t win second tiger will contend a whole bunch, bryson dechambeau is nobody and never will be and ricky is too small to be a dominate player period. oh and speith is capable of wining 3 out of 4 majors because this boy is a different breed than any competitor out there, he has a special mental capability period.

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What’s the biggest golf surprise of 2017?

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The 2017-2018 PGA Tour and European Tour seasons have already kicked off. The turkey is gone, and Christmas is rapidly approaching. Not surprisingly, the dying embers of 2017 have GolfWRX members in a reflective mood.

MattyO1984 (on his mid-morning tea break, no less), authored a thread dedicated to the biggest shock of 2017. His reflections center around golf’s favorite rolling two-year rating of relative performance.

“I ended up on the OWGR page and seeing some of the positions for guys who were Top 5 (not Patrick Reed) material just a year ago took me by surprise. For example, I am sure that most posters on here will know that Jason Day started the year as world number one and is now down to 12. There is then McIlroy who is just, and only just, holding on to being 10th. Everyone will know that neither won this season and of course that is going to result in them slipping down the rankings but who would have thought that they would have both been winless.”

Matty then goes on to examine the other side of the coin: Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, etc.

WRXers, keen to discuss the topic, point to Justin Thomas’ rapid rise, as well, and plenty didn’t see a Sergio Garcia major victory in the cards.

KirkNo-yes points out

1. Hideki Matsuyama’s virtual fall off the map after ending the last season/starting this season so dominant
2. Lopsided Presidents cup win
3. DJ not winning a major

Less than a week old and already more than 60 replies deep, this is a hot topic that’ll only get hotter as the year continues to wind down.

See what other WRX members think, and add your own biggest surprises  in the thread.

 

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Who would you most want to trade swings with on Tour?

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Equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics in this episode including golf movies, golf swings, and Jake Owen making his pro tournament debut. Watch and enjoy the video below!

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The great “golfers don’t get paid enough” debate

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Do professional golfers stack as much cash as they ought to? Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, and Sam Snead would certainly say so (even allowing for inflation).

Even so, everything is relative, and (on court/course/field) athlete compensation is a function of ad dollars, sponsorships, and television deals, as we all know. In golf, it’s pretty simple tale we’ve heard time and again: Purse sizes swelled during the Tiger Woods era as sponsorship dollars flooded into the sport and more people tuned in.

Today’s PGA Tour pros are the beneficiaries…except they’re still being short-changed, GolfWRX member MaddMaxx suggests in a forum thread he dedicated to the topic.

Jordan Spieth: $34.5 million
Salary/bonuses: $5.5 million
Endorsements: $29 million

So he made 5.5 million. The pay of a 3rd string baseball player, a soccer player who shows up.
A fairly good hockey player…..

Which sport so you think is the lowest/highest paid when considering:

the talent/ability required
hours of practice
pressure situations(stress)
have a life outside the sport
life after the sport

I think golf is the most underpaid.

Your-away argues the opposite

“He will also be making millions much later in life than any other sport, soccer players are generally done by there mid 30’s, he will just be reaching his prime. I think good pro golfers have it pretty good.”

RSinSG offered some perspective.

“It’s all about putting people in stadium seats or in front of a TV.  Ticket sales = more salary. A group of athletes who are even more underpaid are all female athletes. They play just as hard, practice just as long but since the viewership is so small the pay is proportional.”

Seth Pistol called to mind the athletes with arguably the worst lot

“Salary is based on demand, not based on skill.  not only ticket sales but TV contracts, endorsement opportunities, merchandising, etc etc etc.  Golfers get paid pretty well in my opinion.  Think about the hundreds of Olympic athletes who scrape by.  These athletes are no less talented or dedicated but their sport is “unpopular” and therefore $$$ is non-existant.  Those are the guys who really get screwed.”

MattyO1984 writes

“I am of course biased in all of this because Golf is my number one sport but in comparison when you consider that the winner of the tennis US Open received, $3.7 Million this year, compared to the $2.16 Million that Koepka got, I think you can argue that golfers, in the world of sport, are underpaid.”       

Raynorfan1 thinks this is lunacy

“This is crazy talk. In the HISTORY of mens tennis, only 54 guys have made $10M (in aggregate for their career)…compared to 174 in golf. Tiger Woods has made almost exactly the same amount as Roger Federer ($~110M), but Federer has had the more dominant career.

“Then look down to #10 on the career money lists – for golf, it’s Steve Stricker at $43 million. For tennis, its BORIS freaking BECKER. Stricker has won basically nothing (no majors). Becker won 6 slams and made a total of $25M.”

And these are just culled from the first 15 replies. And the thread is only a day old! In other words, the thread is blowing up and the takes are red hot.

How can you not have a strong opinion on the issue of player compensation? Join the discussion!

 

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