On this piece we check out the golfers who had stellar years in addition to these trying to enhance in 2019.

Golf’s 2018 Winners And Losers

We loved an excellent {golfing} yr in 2018. Numerous epic Main championships, an exciting Ryder Cup, new rising stars and the return of a aggressive Tiger Woods have all created story traces and naturally, some beautiful golf.

Nonetheless for each winner there’s a dissatisfied loser so bearing that in thoughts we’ve got put collectively an inventory of golfers who’ve had good years, together with these trying to have a a lot improved 2019.

With out additional ado we begin with the winners.

Winners

Brooks Koepka

If we’re sincere, the American’s inclusion on this checklist takes little rationalization. He gained two Majors in formidable trend, sufficient stated.

Francesco Molinari

An unbelievable yr for the Italian. He battled Rory McIlroy to win the BMW PGA Championship after which out-duelled Tiger Woods to win his first Main at The Open Championship. In reality in a stretch of tournaments, he went 1-2-T25-1-T2-1 which acquired him to a profession better of fifth on this planet.

So as to add to that, he shaped an historic partnership with Tommy Fleetwood on the Ryder Cup by which they gained 4 matches from 4. He additionally gained his singles match in opposition to Phil Mickelson to grow to be the primary European to safe 5 factors from 5 matches.

However wait, there may be extra, he additionally secured the Race to Dubai and the European Tour Participant of the 12 months award as nicely.

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Georgia Corridor

Regardless of a transparent snubbing at Sports activities Character of the 12 months, Georgia Corridor secured her first Girls European Tour victory in type on the Ladies’s British Open profitable by two strokes over Pornanong Phatlum.

She would then go on to grow to be the youngest participant to win the Girls European Tour Order of Advantage two years in a row, and gained the Gamers Participant of the yr as voted for by her fellow professionals. Presently she ranks eighth on this planet and appears to get to world primary.

Justin Rose

A remarkably constant 2018 even by the Englishman’s requirements, Rose missed just one reduce in 2018, profitable twice and had a plethora of second and third place finishes. His consistency acquired him to world primary on this planet for the primary time in his profession and he additionally secured the large pay cheque for profitable the FedEx Cup.

Tiger Woods

Woods returned to the sport with many not anticipating him to return to former heights, however Tiger confirmed he might nonetheless play on the highest degree in 2018 coming shut on quite a few events earlier than lastly securing the Tour Championship.

His shut calls embrace the Valspar Championship and the ultimate two Majors of the yr, the place he held the lead heading into the back-nine of The Open Championship, after which pushed Koepka all the way in which by taking pictures 64 on the ultimate day on the USPGA.

Clearly, Tiger proved the doubters mistaken and with three Majors subsequent yr being hosted on programs he has gained on earlier than, who is aware of, possibly Tiger will probably be getting main quantity 15 subsequent yr.

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Patrick Reed

Now admittedly he did have a poor Ryder Cup and there have been clear points with a few of his teammates, nevertheless it’s exhausting to look previous the truth that he performed chic golf to safe his first Main championship at The Masters. Enjoying alongside McIlroy, and getting chased down by Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, and Jon Rahm, it will have been simple to wilt beneath the stress, however Reed held agency to shoot 71 to win by one stroke.

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Ariya Jutanugarn

So far as dominant seasons go, Jutanugarn had one for the ages in 2018 profitable just about each award their is to win. For instance, she gained the LPGA Participant of the 12 months, the Rolex Annika Main Award, the official cash checklist, the Leaders Prime 10 competitors by which she had 16 top-10 finishes, the LPGA Vare Trophy together with her scoring common of 69.4, and the LPGA’s Race to the CME Globe which made her $1 million richer. She additionally set season information for birdies, and probably the most rounds within the 60s.

Match sensible, she secured the US Ladies’s Open, the Kingsmill Championship and the Aberdeen Requirements Funding Girls Scottish Open.

Have I discussed she is just 23?

Matt Wallace

The Englishman shot up the world rankings in 2018 from 138th in the beginning of the calendar yr, to his present slot at 44th on this planet. That is largely thanks to 3 wins on the Hero Indian Open, BMW Worldwide Open and the Made In Denmark match.

Clearly he can really feel dissatisfied to not have made the Ryder Cup aspect, however he appears to have taken that in his stride coming tied second within the DP World Tour Championship. If he continues this type, then there isn’t a doubt he will probably be a characteristic in future Ryder Cups.

Matt Wallace wins Made in Denmark

Bryson DeChambeau

4 occasions the American gained in 2018, every of them coming in massive tournaments with high quality fields.

He’s at present ranked fifth on this planet.

Bryson DeChambeau wins The Northern Trust

Cameron Champ

The massive hitting American began 2018 ranked 1057th on this planet, whereas proper now he’s 97th. That’s unbelievable progress with the win on the Sanderson Farms Championship offering an enormous increase to his profession.

Eddie Pepperell

One other Englishman who began nicely down on this planet rankings, Eddie Pepperell has quick grow to be an enormous hit on Tour due to his sincere manner and excellent golf recreation. Eddie managed to safe his first European Tour win in 2018 on the Business Financial institution Qatar Masters, shot a closing spherical 67 at The Open Championship to safe a tied sixth after which secured one other win on the British Masters in what was a stellar match performed in troublesome situations.

Ian Poulter 

Needing to win the Houston Open to get into the Masters, the whole lot was stacked in opposition to the Englishman, nevertheless as soon as once more he delivered, beating Beau Hossler in a playoff. Poulter would then get chosen to the Ryder Cup later within the yr by which he secured two factors from 4 matches, together with an important 2up singles victory in opposition to Dustin Johnson.

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Angela Stanford

Our closing winner of of the yr is American Angela Stanford. After 18 years on Tour, and on the 76th time of asking, she secured her first Main victory at The Evian Championship. It was additionally her first win of any form for six years.

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Losers

Rickie Fowler

As somebody who appears to consistently frequent the enterprise finish of the leaderboard, it’s stunning to understand that Fowler’s final win got here on the 2017 Hero World Problem. Certainly, apart from The Masters the place he shot 67 within the closing spherical, he didn’t actually come that near getting again within the winners circle both.

That being stated he’s a top-10 machine so it will not be shocking to see him bounce again in 2019.

Jordan Spieth

Maybe much more stunning is Jordan Spieth’s fall from grace. He fell away in the course of the closing spherical at The Open Championship and missed cuts in enormous tournaments just like the US Open and Memorial Match along with his placing showing to be the primary difficulty.

The American additionally did not win this yr however a participant of his class is bound to come-back with a vengeance subsequent yr. Lest we neglect, he did almost sneak right into a playoff at The Masters and had a strong Ryder Cup profitable three factors from 5 matches.

Having begun 2018 ranked 2nd on this planet and Open champion, only a few would have believed that he’d finish it quantity 17 and winless.

Bernd Wiesberger

At first of the yr many have been choosing Wiesberger as a attainable Ryder Cup rookie, nevertheless a niggling wrist damage ended his hopes in that regard and he has since slipped from 41st in the beginning of the yr, all the way in which right down to 175th.

Martin Kaymer

Kaymer is one other European going within the mistaken path this yr. The previous world primary missed 12 cuts in 2018, probably the most in a single yr for his total profession and he has dropped right down to 170th on this planet. He did have a tied second on the BMW Worldwide Open although so the sport is probably nonetheless there.

Hideki Matsuyama

The Japanese star’s yr began nicely, a tied-4th on the Sentry Match of Champions however in what needs to be described as a disappointing 2018, Matsuyama failed to enhance on that end result within the 24 different occasions he performed this yr. For somebody of his expertise and talent that merely gained’t reduce it.

Phil Mickelson

Sure he did win the WGC-Mexico Championship in a playoff in opposition to Justin Thomas, nevertheless the remainder of the yr has been fairly poor. On the Ryder Cup he was shockingly unhealthy and he additionally created unbelievable controversy on the US Open when he putted a transferring ball to cease it from rolling down a hill.

Rory McIlroy

By his lofty requirements, this was a lower than ideally suited yr for McIlroy. On numerous events he put himself in positions to win and but persistently failed to take action. For instance he was within the closing group on the Omega Dubai Desert Traditional, The Masters, BMW PGA Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and at last the Tour Championship, and he did not win any of them. He additionally regarded out of kinds on the Ryder Cup securing two factors from 5 matches. As soon as once more, he misplaced his singles match narrowly, this time to Justin Thomas on the 18th.

That being stated he did shoot 64 to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational so possibly we’re being harsh right here!

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