The dark nights are drawing in, and the morning and evenings are getting ever cooler. That gives sports fans a great opportunity to look back at some of the sporting highlights of this year, but also to look ahead to the excitement to come next year. 2020 is an Olympic year, and all eyes will be on the athletes competing for medals in Tokyo. For many, the highlight of this Olympiad will be the return of golf to the sporting rostrum, but who is likely to take the gold medal, and who will dominate golf in 2020?
Florida native Koepka is still in his twenties, but in recent years he has become golf’s dominant force. 2019 was a year to remember for him as he won another PGA Championship to bring his tally of major wins to four in three years. He also came second in the Masters and US Open, and fourth in the British Open, an incredibly consistent performance across the year’s majors recalling Jack Nicklaus at his very best. Consistency could be Koepka’s middle name, which is why he’s such a fantastic role model for amateur golfers up and down the land. All you need is the best golf clubs, like the great value, high-quality custom clubs made by PXG, and the best attitude and self-belief, as shown by Brooks Koepka every time he steps on a course, and you too could be winning trophies.
When Dallas-born Jordan Spieth won the Masters aged just 21 in 2015, many people felt he was the natural successor to Tiger Woods. Let’s reword that, he didn’t just win the Masters, he obliterated the Augusta course and everyone competing against him, equaling Tiger’s own tournament record of -18 in the process. This prognosis looked an even more sure one when Spieth went on to win the US Open as well in the same year, so it’s some surprise that he has added only one more major title, the 2017 British Open, since then. Just what went wrong? Some feel that he has grown too complacent, others that he is too hesitant and is playing far too slowly. Nevertheless, his tied third finish at the 2019 PGA showed a golfer coming back into form and at only 26 years of age, he could yet dominate as he once promised to do.
Maybe Tiger Woods himself could be the next Tiger Woods? Back injuries have hampered his progress in recent years, including in 2019 when they have severely limited his appearances, but who will ever forget his victory at the 2019 Masters, when he beat Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, and our friend Brooks Koepka by a single shot. It has been called the greatest sporting comeback of all time. In 2020, Tiger may not be able to compete in every tournament, but he may well prioritize a tilt at Olympic gold, and after Augusta this year, who would put it past him?
Koepka, Spieth, and Tiger Woods are just some of the great golfers who could win big on the 2020 tour and at the Tokyo Olympics. It’s sure to be another hugely competitive year and it’s sure to be exciting, but it’s sure good to see Americans dominating this sport again. So who will dominate golf in 2020? Do you have any guesses? Leave your thoughts below.