Which Golfers Will Catch The Eye in 2015?

The 2015 golf season looks like being an intriguing one. In the few early season events that we have seen already, we have witnessed some spectacular golf, some of the world’s biggest names excel, others struggle and some new faces emerge.

In this article, we’ll examine five golfers who we think 2015 could be very special for, including some of the biggest names in golf, and perhaps a few names that are yet to roll quite so easily off the tongue but who could be considerably better known come this time next year.

Let us begin however at the top of the tree with the two premiere golfers in the world today:

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1. Rory McIlroy

It seems like Rory is set for another blistering year after an already mightily impressive 2014 that saw him land two Major title back to back and leave him just requiring one more major victory (The Masters) to complete the full set.

The Irishman can now shift his attention full time to golf now that his case with Horizon Sport Management has been settled and alreadu this season he has shown snippets of the incredible form that took him back to World Number 1 in the rankings in 2014.

His victory at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic just the past weekend showing that the mercurial form he showed at the tail end of 2014, has remained with him throughout the winter.

McIlroy is not just improving one aspect of his game, his driving is now phenomenally long and incredibly accurate, his iron play is also improved and he is a cut above the rest of the golfing world at present.

A Green Jacket in April will likely be McIlroy’s main goal this year and given the form he is in, few would bet against him taking that honour in 2015, that would leave him just one trophy away from holding all four Major’s at the same time – a repeat of the Tiger Slam.

That’s a huge goal for McIlroy in 2015, but the Irishman has the talent to do it.

Rory PGA Claret Jug

2. Tiger Woods

While McIlroy is earning rave reviews for his success, Tiger Woods 2015 season so far has been plagued by poor form.

Woods caught the eye for all the wrong reasons recently with his worst ever performance in a professional golf tournament, his short game in particular was so dreadful that many analysts felt Woods was suffering from the dreaded ‘yips’.

Being such a global star, every golf analyst and ex-player has their own view of Tiger’s woes but it is important to remember he is coming back from a very debilitating and lengthy period out with injury and after splitting with his swing coach too.

Woods is too good to let this run of form continue but no doubt his struggles with his form and him battling back to be the player he once was, will be a feature story throughout 2015 and beyond.

Woods Steinberg

3. Victor Dubuisson

If there is one ‘fringe’ player on the European or PGA Tour who could make a significant impact this season then my money would be on Frenchman Victor Dubuisson.

The more I see of him, the more I am impressed with his calm demeanour, fabulously consistent swing and his ability to retain his composure even under pressure.

Dubuisson looks to me to be the antithesis of another French golf ace Jean Van de Velde, who famously threw away a chance to win the British Open in 1999 at Carnoustie. That day, emotions got the better of Van de Velde, with Dubuisson you get the feeling that he is not just a better golfer, but far more in control of his emotions.

Like all top players, he is long from the tee, and when his putter and short game are hot, he is always looking likely to challenge the best. Augusta may not suit him, but I can see the Frenchman putting up a real challenge at both the British Open and the USPGA Championship this season and it would not surprise me to see him walk away with one of those under his arm.

4. Justin Thomas

Over the past few years American golf has seen a number of young players make the breakthrough, Ricky Fowler was the first of the modern breed and he was followed by Jordan Spieth who has become one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour.

This year, 21 year old Justin Thomas could be the name on everybody’s lips.  The American ace has risen to 84th in the world and after 2014 saw him earn just a single top 10 finish from 7 events played, he has already made major improvements in 2015, finishing in the top 10 three times, the top 25 five times from eight events, making six out of the eight cuts.

What is all the more impressive is that this season, he missed the cut in his opening two events, but has made the cut in six subsequent events, in his last five finishing no lower than 23rd.

He starred on the Web.com tour last season, in his first season as a professional and since joining the PGA Tour full time has shown plenty of flashes of his true potential.

If Thomas’ form continues, expect him to be knocking on the door of the world’s top 20 within a few months.

5. Tommy Fleetwood

Southport born Tommy Fleetwood first came to prominence as a talented amateur player and Walker cup player. He then progressed onto the Challenge Tour before securing a place on the European Tour back in 2012.

Fleetwood was only 21 when he started on tour and initially found life much tougher and after a tough first year made the breakthrough he needed in 2013 when he won the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, defeating Stephen Gallacher and Ricardo Gonzales in a play off.

Ranked 55th in the world, Fleetwood’s star is in the ascendancy. In his first season, he only made the cut in 16 out 31 events, but a year later finished in the money 24 times out of 32 events and winning once and in 2014, made the cut in 21 out of 28 events.

Consistency is what has pushed him towards the top 30 in the world of golf, but Fleetwood has a very solid game and I’d expect him to be pushing for a few more wins and top three finishes in 2015 and beyond.


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