We're always looking forward to the next in the sporting world, so why not kick-off the discussion about The Masters® already?
A golfer's hunt for a Green Jacket is always one of the biggest stories of the sport's year, but The Masters® 2019 is already heating up considering the conclusion of 2018's major tournaments.
With new faces rising up the ranks and one recognizable all-time great on the brink of a major comeback, there's a lot to look forward to about Augusta National® next April.
So while you'll shout "Too soon," that's the point — we know this is kind of ridiculous. But we're doing it anyway.
Here are your Way-Too-Soon contenders to win The Masters® 2019:
Momentum is a heck of a thing, but the question remains about how long it can last. Tiger Woods has the world back to being obsessed with his every step after a top-10 finish at The Open and a second-place finish at the PGA Championship. While major No.15 seems to be on the horizon for Woods, this long of a layoff between major championships should be interesting.
If you're looking for the best story, though, it's that Woods' quest to win his fifth Green Jacket will take place just under a decade after his last major win (2008 U.S. Open). If there were ever a time for him to get back in the game, it could be next year.
'Onto 2019' has been the unofficial motto of Jordan Spieth for the majority of the 2018 campaign. Spieth is winless this year, but the 25-year old still has one of the best track records at Augusta National® in recent memory. He won the tournament in 2015, finished tied for second in 2014 and 2016, and came in third place in 2018. If recent production is any indicator of future success, Spieth should be towards the top of the pack on Sunday in April.
West Palm Beach's new hero has two empty spots left in his major championship trophy case. After winning his second consecutive U.S. Open, and the PGA Championship in 2018, the 28-year old cemented himself as a serious contender for the next decade. But Koepka's road to a Grand Slam still has one more domestic hurdle — he has to find success at The Masters®.
For a player who has never finished better than 11th at Augusta National®, Koepka is a legit contender for next year considering the leaps that his game has taken over the past year. He's proven impervious to pressure and has put a stranglehold on the leaderboard when he tops it.
Koepka will also be playing the course for the first time in two years after missing the 2018 edition due to a wrist injury.
After he turns 30 in December, Rickie Fowler will look add a Green Jacket to his closet to aid to the transition to a new stage of life. While Fowler just barely made it into the top-10 world rankings recently, there's justifiable reason to believe he could win The Masters® next year.
The first reason, obviously, is that Fowler was the runner-up last year to Patrick Reed.
The other reason is that Fowler will be well rested after missing a few weeks this season due to a partial right oblique. Fowler took almost a month of action off to heal up and returned in September. While he didn't disclose the impact the injury had on his performance, it could explain his poor play in the U.S. Open and The Open Championship.
Calling Bryson DeChambeau eccentric is an understatement. The Hogan-esque cap wearing 24-year old has taken the golf world by storm over the past two years and is rising through the ranks. 2019 could be the year for DeChambeau to truly break out, but time will tell.
Now, I'm fully aware that this is an abstract pick. While a top player on the tour, DeChambeau has struggled in major championships — his best finish is 15th at the 2016 U.S. Open.
But in a sport that obsessed with specific measurements and tactics, it's difficult not to believe the science and analytics-obsessed DeChambeau can't make a splash at The Masters® next year.
He's someone to absolutely keep an eye out for, at the very least.
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