From newcomers to seasoned veterans and underachievers, we have come up with five players to watch in 2020…

Matthew Fitzpatrick

The Sheffield golfer has shown unbelievable progress since turning pro in 2014 and will look to continue his rise in 2020. At 25 years of age he already has a handful of tournament wins under his belt, with victories at the British Masters in 2015 and back to back Omega European Masters victories in 2017 and 2018 to name a few.

Fitzpatrick enjoyed a strong 2019 as he found himself challenging in the Race to Dubai right up to the last event of the season. He registered top 20 finishes in both the U.S. Open and the Open Championship and he has the potential and the talent to be a real challenger in the future.

Xander Schauffele

Xander Schauffele burst onto the professional golf scene in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since, winning the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2017 and accumulating four PGA Tour wins along the way.

Aged just 26, he has quickly become one of the best young players on the circuit. His major form has been particularly impressive, despite not bagging his first major trophy he has been in the reckoning on several occasions. Four finishes in the top six since the start of 2018 is no mean feat and we expect Schauffele to get over the line in 2020.

Branden Grace

From 2015-2017, Grace was a regular challenger in majors, as he notched up two top-five finishes in both the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship, as well as an impressive showing in the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

He put his name in the history books by becoming the first men’s player to card a 62 in a major after a faultless third round that year. Grace has continued to impress in patches since then and it is a surprise that he hasn’t turned his talent into more tournament victories. We expect him to return to his best form next year.

Hideki Matsuyama

Still only 27, Matsuyama has established himself as a genuine title contender over the last few years, already winning some significant PGA Tour titles including the Memorial Tournament and the Phoenix Open.

He also has a couple of WGC event victories to his name and if he can perform at has maximum then he could be in the reckoning for some silverware in 2020.

Rory McIlroy

When on form, the Ulsterman is virtually unplayable, especially when you consider he had won a combined 20 PGA and European Tour events by the time he had turned 27.

It seems strange and somewhat obvious to include McIlroy in an article of this nature but despite not winning a major in 2019, McIlroy arguably played the best golf of his career. He was consistent throughout the season and it would be a surprise to not see him pick up at least a couple of trophies in 2020. He only needs The Masters to complete the career grand slam and you wouldn’t back against him at Augusta in April.


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