Three Golfers to keep your eye on in the 2014 season

At the start of 2012, few people would have suggested that within two years, the 230th ranked golfer in the world, would undeniably be the man of the moment. For Henrik Stenson however, it has been a remarkable transformation in form and fortune as the talented Swedish ace landed an $11m double jackpot winning the recent Deutsche Bank and Tour Championship titles, earning him a £10m bonus as the FedEx Cup winner.

 

Those remarkable victories saw him move to a career high 4th in the world, with many tipping the Swede to go on and show his class in next year’s four Majors, plus the Ryder Cup.

 

  • So are there any golfers emerging from the pack who could have a stellar 2014 season?
  • In this article, we’ll preview three who may well be pushing into the world’s top ten by this time next year?

 

 

1. Jordan Spieth

Perhaps only Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods have emerged onto the World Golfing scene in quite as spectacular fashion as 20 year old Texan Jordan Spieth. In his rookie season, Spieth has already won one event, the John Deere Classic and finished second following a playoff in another (the Wyndham Championship).

 

In addition, he also finished tied second in the season-ending Tour Championship event and in winning the John Deere, became the first teenager in many years to win a top level US PGA golf tournament, an achievement that neither Tiger Woods, nor McIlroy can match.

His stats for his rookie season make incredible reading, out of 23 starts, he made the cut 18 times, finishing in the top 25 in 15 events, the top ten in nine even, second in three events and was the winner in one.

 

Spieth is undoubtedly a precocious talent and is already ranked at 20th in the world rankings.

In his second year as a professional, if he can continue his stellar output as a rookie, I’d expect Spieth to not only be breaking into the world’s top ten, but perhaps also making serious attempts at landing his first Major title next season.

 

 

2. Tommy Fleetwood

Tommy Fleetwood won his first ever European Tour event at the 2013 Johnny Walker Championship at the 2014 Ryder Cup venue Gleneagles and the 22 year old from Southport near Liverpool, already has a stellar amateur career behind him.

 

After winning several major titles, Tommy turned professional in 2010 and in 2011, a win in Kazakhstan on the Challenge Tour, saw Fleetwood finish top of the Challenge Tour money list, earning him a European Tour card for 2012. His first year was tough, but he managed to secure his card for 2013 and since then, the scouser has improved his game markedly culminating in his win at Gleneagles.

 

That win means that Fleetwood will have now qualified for some of the more prestigious events on the European tour and the five year exemption, means Fleetwood can worry less about securing his card and more about improving his current world ranking of 132.

By the end of 2014, I’d expect Fleetwood to have added at least one more European tour title to his name and to have broken into the world’s top 100.

 

 

3. Jonas Blixt

Blixt is no spring chicken, but the 29 year old Swede enjoyed a fantastic end to the 2013 season and he looks like he has the talent and the tools to make further progress up the world rankings, from his current position of 35th, in 2014.

Although born in Sweden, Blixt plays predominantly on the PGA Tour having graduated from Florida State University in 2008, however it was a visit to play in a rare European Tour event in June last year that saw him hit a hot streak of form.

 

After finishing 2nd in the Nordea Masters in his native Sweden in June, Blixt then went one better a month later winning the Greenbrier Classic in July.  He then put on a hugely impressive performance in the PGA Championship, finishing fourth behind eventual winner Jason Dufner in August. Blixt has also won the season opening Frys.com event back in 2012.

 

Blixt has a very natural swing that generates plenty of power and allied to a strong iron game, if he can continue his late season form from 2013 into next year, he could well improve on his 4th placed best finish at a Major and add to the two PGA Tour titles he has already won.

 

 

Image courtesy of Jordan Spieth Facebook Page, Videos from Youtube.

 

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