Inside Golf : Inside Golf June 2016
cover story www.insidegolf.com.au | June 2016 23 The Swede and former world number two is a quality player who has been on the brink of a major title finishing top-5 seven times, but his chances are slipping away. Patrick Reed, 25 Credentials: He has won four times on the PGA Tour Best finish in a major: T14 in the 2015 US Open Odds: $2.50 The world number 10 is on the way up, but needs to relax around major tournaments. Jimmy Walker, 37 Credentials: Eight pro victories – five on the PGA Tour Best finish in a major: T7 in the 2014 US PGA Championship Odds: $2.75 An under-rated player, Walker should not be underestimated. Matt Kuchar, 37 Credentials: 12 professional wins (seven on the PGA Tour) Best finish in a major: T3 in the 2012 Masters Odds: $2.75 He’s still a chance, but distance off the tee remains his Achilles heel. Marc Leishman, 32 Credentials: Nine pro wins including the 2015 Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa Best finish in a major: T2 in the 2015 Open Championship Odds: $2.50 The strong-hitting Victorian, who modelled his game after Ernie Els, has the form and right attitude. Sergio Garcia, 36 Credentials: 28 wins world-wide including eight on the PGA Tour and 11 on the European Tour Best finish in a major: Runner-up in the 1999 US PGA and the 2007 Open Championship Odds: $3 Capable, but chances less likely against the current crop of players. Paul Casey, 38 Credentials: 16 professional wins mostly on the European Tour, but did win the Shell Open on the PGA Tour in 2009 Best finish in a major: T3 in the 2010 Open Championship Odds: $3 The Englishman is going okay and has the game to succeed. Bill Haas, 33 Credentials: Seven pro wins – six on the PGA Tour Best finish in a major: T12 in the 2011 US PGA Odds: $7 The American has never really threatened in a major. His best days could be behind him. Lee Westwood, 42 Credentials: 42 professional wins world-wide including the 1997 Australian Open Best finish in a major: Runner-up in 2010 Masters Odds: $4 Proved he is still a chance after finishing in a tie for second at the 2016 Masters. He’s on the wrong side of 40. Brooks Koepka, 26 Credentials: Six pros wins – one on PGA Tour Best finish in a major: T4 in 2014 US Open Odds: $2.50 The big-hitting American is a strong chance. Matthew Fitzpatrick, 21 Credentials: Won the 2015 British Masters Best finish in a major: T7 in this year’s US Masters Odds: $3 Boom youngster ... a major win would be no surprise. Kevin Kisner, 32 Credentials: Seven pro wins Best finish in a major: T12 in 2015 US Open Odds: $3.50 A good chance, but not if there’s a playoff where he is 0-3. Hunter Mahan, 34 Credentials: Nine pro wins – six on the PGA Tour Best finish in a major: T4 in 2013 US Open Odds: $6 Seems to go missing when it counts Shane Lowry, 29 Credentials: Three pro wins – one on the PGA Tour Best finish in a major: T9 2014 Open and T9 2015 US Open Odds: $6 The Irishman has two top-10s so must be a show. Bryson DeChambeau, 22 Credentials: In 2015, he became the fifth golfer in history to win both the NCAA Division 1 Championship and the US Amateur in the same year Best finish in a major: T21 in 2016 Masters Odds: $7 Promising start to career – a big possibility Danny Lee, 24 Credentials: The Kiwi has three pro wins including one on the PGA Tour. Won the 2008 US Amateur Best finish in a major: T17 in 2016 Masters Odds: $7 Would like to say yes, but a rung below the best players. Jamie Donaldson, 40 Credentials: Eight professional wins Best finish in a major: T7 in 2012 US PGA Odds: $8 The Welshman arguably lacks the skills to win a major. Kevin Na, 32 Credentials: Five pro wins – one on PGA Tour Best finish in a major: T10 in 2010 US PGA Odds: $9 We are yet to see his best form. His PGA Tour playoff record is 0-3 Cameron Smith, 22 Credentials: Strong amateur record with an Australian stroke play and matchplay title under his belt Best finish in a major: T4 in 2015 US Open Odds: $11 Perhaps just short of the top rung ... will improve. Ian Poulter, 40 Credentials: 16 pro wins including the WGC Accenture Match Play in 2010 Best finish in a major: Runner-up in the 2008 Open Championship Odds: $11 The Englishman looks like he has missed his opportunity. Rafael Cabrera Bello, 32 Credentials: Five professional wins – none in the US Best finish in a major: T17 in 2016 Masters Odds: $11 Right now, the Spaniard is just below the top level. How the main contenders finished in the past four majors Name US Open Open US PGA Masters 5-year odds Rickie Fowler MC T30 T30 MC $1.33 Dustin Johnson T2 T49 T7 T4 $1.80 Branden Grace T20 T4 3 MC $2 Henrik Stenson 9 T13 T6 T24 $2.50 Patrick Reed T14 T20 T30 T49 $2.50 Marc Leishman MC T2 MC MC $2.50 Hideki Matsuyama T18 T18 T37 T7 $2.50 Brandt Snedeker 8 MC T12 T10 $2.25 Jimmy Walker T58 T30 MC T29 $2.75 Matt Kuchar T12 T58 T7 T24 $2.75 Sergio Garcia T18 T6 T54 T34 $3 Paul Casey T39 T74 T30 T4 $3 Matthew Fitzpatrick DNP DNP DNP T7 $3 Kevin Kisner T12 MC MC T37 $3.50 Lee Westwood T50 T49 T43 T2 $4 JB Holmes T27 MC 24 T4 $4 Luke Donald T58 T12 T43 DNQ $6 Shane Lowry T9 MC MC T39 $6 Hunter Mahan MC T49 T43 54 $6 Bryson DeChambeau MC DNP DNP T21 $7 Charley Hoffman MC MC MC T29 $7 Bill Haas MC MC T65 T24 $7 Danny Lee DNP T6 T58 T51 $7 Russell Knox DNP MC MC MC $7 Jamie Donaldson MC T4 WD T21 $8 Kevin Na T46 T58 MC T55 $9 Cameron Smith T4 DNP T25 T55 $11 Rafael Cabrera Bello DNP T40 MC T17 $11 Ian Poulter T54 MC MC T49 $11 65-95 Nottinghill Rd, Lidcombe NSW 2141 Phone (02) 9649 6255 | Pro Shop (02) 9649 2438 CARNARVON GOLF CLUB Carnarvon Golf Club is a Par 72 Championship Golf Club located in Lidcombe, just 10 minutes from Sydney Olympic Park. 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