We made picks at the beginning of the season in our “15 Daring Predictions for the 2015 PGA Tour Season– and Golf, in general” before the first event of the season. The article went live January 7th, 2015.
In those picks, here are the directions we went.
Dillon Friday’s Picks (01/07/2015):
- Masters: Adam Scott
- U.S. Open (Chambers Bay): Rickie Fowler
- The Open Championship (St. Andrews): Rory McIlroy
- The PGA Championship (Whistling Straits): Tiger Woods
Troy Klongerbo’s Picks (01/07/2015):
- Masters: Jason Day
- U.S. Open (Chambers Bay): Keegan Bradley
- The Open Championship (St. Andrews): Tiger Woods or Adam Scott
- The PGA Championship (Whistling Straits): Dustin Johnson
Here are our revisions prior to the first event of the 2015 major championship slate:
The Masters: When we initially predicted the major winners for 2015 I, and the golf world, was in a bit of a funk. I named 10 golfers because I thought I was funny, but I also had no evidence to support any suggestion I made.
Now, I do. One of the biggest question marks coming into 2015–evidenced by Troy’s prediction that he’d fall out of the OWGR top-50–was Dustin Johnson, who returned after an extended vacation from the sport. Well he’s back and better than ever. He won the Cadillac Championship and has posted three other top-six finishes. DJ could serve to putt better (and with more rounds, he will), but his length gives him eagle and birdie opportunities that few other players get.
Dustin Johnson wins this week at the Masters.
The US Open: I’m sticking with my Rickie Fowler pick here regardless of his current form: zero top-10’s and one top-25 this calendar year. Last season, he showed that he could dial it up when needed. I’m confident he’ll do it again. If Fowler falters this week at Augusta, he still has a few months to figure it out before he tees off in Chambers Bay.
PGA Championship: I fully expect Jimmy Walker to contend at all four majors this season. He posted three top-10’s last year and rode a strong Ryder Cup performance into 2015. Walker is no longer a flash in the pan. He’s consistently good. When was the last time Walker missed an important putt? 2013? I like him to conquer Whistling Straits.
The US Open: I went with Keegan last time we went through the picks. All I know of Chambers Bay is that it is a big, links-style golf course in Washington. The 2011 U.S. Amateur was won by Peter Uihlein on a big boy course. It’s a course so dependent on winds and other variables, I trust ball-strikers. Hard to convince me there are any better ball-strikers right now than Henrik Stenson. He rips the monkey off his back. (Also– I hate that I agree with Dillon.)
Plus, Stenson had a T2 in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
The Open Championship: Tiger Woods is on the brink of making his first major start for 2015 at the Masters. Who knows how he’ll look. Remember, I said if Tiger was healthy, I would pick him. Otherwise I’d go elsewhere. Let’s see how healthy Tiger looks this week, then talk to me.
PGA Championship: I still feel really good about my Dustin Johnson pick for Whistling Straits. Now I feel a bit contradictory since I said Dustin had the best chance of dropping outside the world’s top-50. That doesn’t mean I thought he would, it just meant he had the best chance. I am sticking with DJ in Wisconsin.
We completely understand how ridiculous it is to take stabs at golfers from throughout the landscape of golf and peg them to win majors. It really is almost quite pointless, but we had some fun with it. We hope you had some fun reading.
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