Jordan Spieth is the best golfer on the planet. And after winning two majors before his 22nd birthday, he’s the savior of American golf in its purest form.
So as you could guess, Jordan Spieth is also the easy pick to win the 2015 PGA Championship this weekend.
Yeah, of course, we would love to see young Jordan take home his third major of the season. We’d guess that around 90 percent of the American public does. But there are other golfers on the PGA Tour.
And while none of them probably have a great shot to “upset” Jordan Spieth at Whistling Straits, there are plenty that are worthy of your moral support.
Here are a few golfers that were emotionally invested in for the 2015 PGA Championship.
As we all know, Jordan Spieth is the best thing that could have happened to golf. But the only thing more entertaining than watching a young stud dominate is watching him fend off other young studs. And in the realm of American golfers, nobody currently fits that bill better than Rickie Fowler.
At 26 going on 27, there’s no better time than now for Rickie to get on the major board. If he can, he’d join Spieth and Rory McIlroy as the only guys under 30 and ranked in the World Top 10 with a major.
Speaking of “young studs without a major,” Jason Day is beyond due for his first. Since 2010, the 27-year-old Aussie has played in 20 combined major events, and he’s finished in the Top-10 nine times.
And other than Fowler, he’s got the best chance at joining Rory & Spieth in the under-30/World Top 10/major winner club. The only reason I’ve got Rickie ahead of JD is because he’s American. Hard not to like the way Day quietly goes to work though.
If you couldn’t tell, I’m rooting for young golfers this weekend (and during every major). The more talented kids that join Jordan Spieth and win majors early, the better it is for the sport. And guess who the second youngest golfer in the world top 15 is?
After solid performances in major tournaments during 2013 and 2014, the ultra-talented Matsuyama has hit his stride and gone 5th, 18th, 18th (Masters, U.S. Open, British Open) so far in 2015. Plus, he’s got one of the prettiest swings on the tour – as he showed us in February at the Phoenix Open.
Peter Hahn fancies Fowler, Matsuyama, and Jason Day this week.
Jordan Spieth may be the most popular golfer on the planet right now but Bubba Watson is definitely the most entertaining. The two-time Masters champion has yet to win a major outside of Augusta but does own top ten’s at both the 2007 US Open and the 2010 PGA Championship, which ironically was the last time the event was played at Whistling Straits.
Lock Bubba into an easy top 10, a likely top five, and a none-to-surprising victory.
Remember how I said these weren’t betting picks? Well, Robert Streb is a golfer I fell in love with while playing PGA DFS and will use him again this week at Whistling Straits. Streb has been one of the most consistent golfers on tour this season and has risen up the ranks in popularity as a result of it. He’s made his last nine cuts on tour and has three top five finishes in the process. Talk about cash money.
He’s a virtual unknown to the casual golf fan, which makes him even more of a wild card to root for. Because nothing says savage like being the guy on Sunday rooting for Robert Streb while your friends all laid their mortgage on the favorites.
I can get behind any golfer who is man enough to let his wife caddy for him. That’s pretty badass in my humble opinion. Aside from that, Patrick Reed is a pretty damn good golfer. I guess that only reinforces the old saying, “behind every great man, is a greater woman.”
He’s finished with at least a T-22 finish at every major this season and I don’t see that changing at all in Sheboygan this weekend. Not a chance with his wife on the bag.
Bubba, Streb, and Patrick Reed are all favorites of Brian Lendino.