Rory to complete him slam
Ever since his Open win in 2014 at Royal Liverpool, the pressure has been on Rory to become just the sixth golfer to complete the career slam. The Masters has always been one that has eluded Rory. It was at Augusta that he had his best chance to win his first major back in 2011, as an up and coming, exciting youngster. Entering the final round, Rory had a four shot lead, and due to his solid play during the week, most expected the young Northern Irishman to cruise to his maiden major victory. However, one of the biggest meltdowns Augusta has ever seen was soon to unravel. A shaky opening 9 was capped off with triple bogey 7 on the 10th, followed by a bogey on the 11th and a four putt double on the 12th. He would finish the tournament 10 shots back of eventual winner, Charl Schwartzel.
Since that Sunday in April, back in 2011, Augusta has been the chip on McIlroy's shoulder and we predict (hope) 2021, 10 years later, he can complete his career slam. Despite a few late Sunday challenges, Rory has yet to pay his best golf over the four days at Augusta.
After a few lacklustre seasons, with no Major Championship success since 2014, Rory will look to use 2020 as a turning point for his career, as he looks to get back to his world beating best.
The 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, also provides a valuable opportunity for Rory to get back in to the winners circle. It was here in 2012 that Rory captured his second major championship in record setting fashion, with an 8-stroke victory. These memories are sure to ignite Rory in to some form for 2021.
Spieth to win again
It seems like a lifetime ago that we became accustomed to seeing J.Spieth sitting at the top of the leader board, week-in, week-out. Spieth burst on to the seen in 2013, as a 19 year old, winning his first PGA Tour event at the John Deere Classic, he did so in dramatic fashion, being the lone survivor of a three-man, five-hole playoff, which he was only a member of after holing his bunker shot on the 72nd hole. 2014 bought Spieth a T-2 finish at the Masters to fellow American Bubba Watson, it was here, in his debut, that he began his love affair with Augusta National.
The following year he would win the green jacket in wire-to-wire fashion, becoming the first to do so since Raymond Floyd in 1976. His dominance continued into the 2015 US Open just weeks later, clinching a win at Chambers Bay thanks to a three putt on the final green from Dustin Johnson. Spieth's third and most recent major win came in 2017 at the British Open.
Winless since this triumph in 2017, Spieth will look to get back to his best after a disappointing stretch of form. The time away from golf over the past year will hopefully allow Spieth to find what it was that got him to be the worlds best for an extended period of time, several years ago. What a sight it would be in 2021 to see him and his good friend Justin Thomas going at it down the stretch on a Sunday afternoon.
Rahm to win first Major Championship
After recently signing a new equipment sponsorship with deal with Callaway, Rahmbo is not looking to mess around this year as he will aim to take his game to the next level. The current World Number 2 had an impressive 2020, finishing the year with two wins, both coming after the tour restart.
Rahm captured his fourth PGA Tour win at the Memorial Tournament with a three shot lead over Ryan Palmer. This win took him to the top of the world rankings, the first Spaniard since Seve Ballesteros. Just a few weeks later, Rahm won for the second time in 2020, beating Dustin Johnson at the BMW Championship. A tournament that was remembered for many reasons, including Rahm picking up his ball without marking it, resulting in a one shot penalty, and DJ and Rahm trading 60+ footers on the final hole of regulation and the first playoff hole.
With an already impressive resume, the Spaniard is missing the greatest feat of them all, a Major Championship. We tip 2021 to be the year he can capture this illusive title. He will be fancied once again in April at the Masters, but also the US Open at Torrey Pines could be the perfect course for Rahm to pick up Major number 1.