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12 players to follow in 2022: (4) Austin Eckroat

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Over the next 12 days, the two presenters on our new ‘Across The Pond’ podcast, Matt Vincenzi and Jason Daniels give their 12 players to follow for 2022 to coincide with the 12 days of Christmas.

None so far have won on their respective tours, so here’s to a long-term watch and investment!

3. Austin Eckroat (PGA Tour)

Oklahoma State’s 2018 NCAA title team was led by couple of current PGA Superstars who you may have heard of in Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff. However, there was an honorable mention All-American Freshman who was also a part of that team of whom many fans may not be familiar with: Austin Eckroat.

Having just wrapped up his career at Oklahoma State, the 22 year old now has his sight set on winning at the professional level. Back in May, Eckroat secured his Korn Ferry Tour card via PGA Tour University; which grants status on the Korn Ferry Tour and the Tour’s other developmental tours to the top seniors at the end of the NCAA golf season.

Although his status on the Korn Ferry Tour is secure, it is extremely likely that Eckroat will get plenty of chances on the PGA TOUR this season as well via exemptions. He got his feet wet with six PGA TOUR starts in 2021, including a 16th place finish at the 3M Open in July, showing he has the talent compete at the highest level.

Eckroat has a well-rounded skill set that should allow him to jump out of the gates quickly in 2021. He won’t challenge Bryson DeChambeau in driving distance anytime soon, but he is a superb ball striker who can find the fairway and get dialed in on approach shots.

I expect Eckroat to follow in the footsteps of his former teammates Hovland and Wolff and make an impact in professional golf right away in the 2022 season.

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Report: Greg Norman spotted following a surprise grouping on Thursday at the Masters

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Greg Norman is at this week’s Masters tournament but found himself in a situation where he had to buy himself a ticket to enter the grounds.

Speaking to the Washington Post, Norman explained why he was at Augusta National:

“I’m here because we have 13 players that won 10 Masters between them. So I’m here just to support them, do the best I can to show them, ‘Hey, you know, the boss is here rooting for you.’ ”

So who was Norman following during the opening round of this year’s Masters? Well the answer may surprise you.

Per Sports Illustrated’s Bob Harig, Norman was spotted following the LIV-less grouping of Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler and Xander Schauffele.

We’ll find out a little later today whether Norman will make his third appearance in as many days at this year’s opening major.

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Collin Morikawa makes surprising late putter switch at Masters

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Collin Morikawa has had plenty of success with a blade in his hands over the course of his young career, but after a lean spell on the greens lately, it appears that the 27-year-old is ready to try something new.

The California-native began the year with his TaylorMade TP Soto before switching to a Logan Olson proto last month. Now at this week’s Masters, Morikawa has been spotted with a Spider Tour X, the same flatstick that Scottie Scheffler will be using at Augusta.

The move would represent a big change, but it has been a very frustrating year on the greens for Morikawa, who will hope the TaylorMade mallet can offer him a similar upturn in fortune to that of Scheffler. In 2024, Morikawa ranks 164th for Strokes Gained: Putting, and 157th for Total Putting.

We’ll keep an eye whether Morikawa puts the mallet into action on day one of the Masters.

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Dave Portnoy places monstrous outright bet for the 2024 Masters

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Fresh off of winning $2.76 million on UConn’s victory over Purdue on Monday night, Barstool Sports’ founder Dave Portnoy has just placed a massive bet for this year’s Masters.

Tweeting on Wednesday morning, Portnoy revealed that he has placed $300,000 on Scottie Scheffler to win this year’s Masters at odds of +450.

Should he win, that’d be a total payout of $1.65 million.

Scheffler is one of the shortest priced favorites of recent times at the Masters, and is looking for what would be his third win in his last four events.

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