It is hard to imagine but the official 2015-16 PGA Tour season is already in full swing. While many, including myself, do not consider the season officially started until the Tournament of Champions in January. Regardless, the season is here, winners are being crowned, and the major championship talk has begun. Even with the Olympics closing the gap between The Open Championship and PGA Championship.
Below is the 2016 PGA Tour major championship schedule. Why stop there? Let’s take a look at those majors and come up with some very early predictions on who just might win each one. Keep in mind that it is not even New Year’s yet but looking at the courses you can come up with a few logical choices albeit a few months away.
Note: Each event is worth 600 FedExCup points
Event – The Masters
Dates – April 7-10 2016
Venue – Augusta National
Location – Augusta Georgia
Defending Champion – Jordan Spieth
Purse – $10 million
Early Prediction – Rory McIlroy
The member of the new generation Big Three with Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, McIlroy has talent coming out of his pores. He flew a bit under the radar last season as the world watched Jordan Spieth really come into his own and then the run of Jason Day towards the end of the season but McIlroy had a solid year albeit not to his normal standards.
It is hard to argue with 10 top-25s and seven top-10s in 12 events including wins at the Cadillac Match Play Championship and the Wells Fargo Championship. McIroy has all the game needed to win at Augusta and frankly it has always felt more like when than if when it comes to a green jacket in his future. Some notable finishes for McIlroy at Augusta National include fourth in 2015, eighth in 2014, 25th in 2013, and 15th in 2011.
The tipping point that drove me to lock in on McIlroy is not his record but actually a comment he has made on more than one occasion in the past. He has talked about how he struggles with finding motivation on occasion due to his immense success at an early age. 2015 should give him that motivation that he so desperately craves.
He was the heir apparent, the next big thing, and the young king to rule for years but enter Jordan Spieth to challenge all of those accolades and Jason Day wants in as well. Those two should bring out a motivation in McIlroy that could very well have him finally putting on the green jacket this next April. How sweet would it be to see Spieth putting the jacket on McIlroy? Those two could be helping each other wear the jacket a few more times in the coming years.