At The U.S. Open, Expect Another Twist From Tony Finau

11. Royal Melbourne will produce a stunning Presidents Cup that comes down to the last two singles matches.

The last time the U.S. Team took on the Internationals it was particularly one-sided. And the Americans have a significant history of success in the Presidents Cup. But with the event heading to Australia on a sand belt gem of a course that was the site of the Internationals only win … there is some room for optimism. Coupled with a friendlier qualifying system for the International team we are suggesting that a thrilling finish is in store. Will it be a local Australian player with the chance to create history?

10. Tony Finau will win, maybe even multiple times.

Doesn’t sound that bold? Well while it is true Finau had a sensational season last year the reality is he still only has one victory to his name and it came in Puerto Rico in 2016. Finau had 11 top-10s last season, including three runner ups, but if he is to really cement himself at the next level trophies need to materialize. For the record, we think he will win and it would not be a surprise if it was on the biggest stages.

9. Jordan Spieth will bounce back with a multiple win season.

Wow. We didn’t see last season coming for Spieth. Five wins in 2015. Two in 2016. Three in 2017. But none last year for the former FedExCup champion who didn’t qualify for the TOUR Championship for the first time in his career. He spent a large chunk of the year at the back end for Strokes Gained: Putting stats but towards the end there were some moments of light. This, and just his competitive nature, has us predicting a bounce back year. Spieth will not only win, he will do it more than once, and rejoin those at the top echelon.

8. The US Presidents Cup team will not include Phil Mickelson on the playing roster – ending his streak of all U.S teams since 1994 - but captain Tiger Woods will earn a spot.

There has yet to be a Presidents Cup without Mickelson playing but Royal Melbourne will be the first. With 48-year-old Mickelson cutting back his playing schedule and with his far from stellar efforts in Paris recently the veteran will join the team where he can do the most damage. The assistant captain room. And with Woods set to push his way into his own team, Mickelson’s value off the course will be even higher. Woods is set to become the first playing captain in forever, unless he passes the role over.

7. The FedExCup finale, under the new format, will be decided with an eagle on the final hole Sunday.

We have a while to wait before we get to the season finale at East Lake where it becomes a winner take all for the $15 million FedExCup prize. The strokes advantage should provide a seriously thrilling dimension to the contest. Can someone make up 10 strokes over the four days? They’ll have to play aggressive and exciting golf that’s for sure. And it is in this vain we predict the 18th hole at East Lake, a reachable par-5, is going to create super drama. Someone is going to eagle the hole Sunday to secure the cash.

6. Moli-Wood will continue their rise.

European fans will never forget the heroics of the pair at the Ryder Cup. Chances are they will never pay for drinks again on that side of the Atlantic. We expect the confidence will spawn further. Tommy Fleetwood will win his first PGA TOUR event and Francesco Molinari will be a serial contender wherever he tees it up before adding a third TOUR win to his name.

5. For the first time ever there will be three sub-60 rounds in the one season.

In the last three seasons on the PGA TOUR we’ve seen three rounds of 59 and a round of 58. The trend to low numbers is out there enough that just having a sub 60 round is not that uncommon. In 2017 we had two, coming in consecutive weeks. So in order to be bold… there will be three in this season alone! The talent gets better and better and deeper and deeper every year and the best players are playing at new tournaments often. Open the floodgates!

4. Jason Day will reemerge as a major championship threat and will win the US Open at Pebble Beach .

Plenty of players are looking at the major venues this season and licking their lips and the former world No. 1 Day is no exception. He’s contended at the Masters a few times, he enjoyed Bethpage Black when the FedExCup Playoffs was there in the past and he’s always played well at Pebble Beach. He will return to his excellent record at the U.S. Open which reads five top-10s from his first six starts before he has missed the last two cuts at the event.

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At The U.S. Open, Expect Another Twist From Tony Finau


At The U.S. Open, Expect Another Twist From Tony Finau