This year we have seen the unforeseen rise of Justin Thomas.
Kind of a guy that was there every week but couldn’t seem to close on Sunday when it really mattered.
That being said, most of the world pulled for the guy because he is one of the best personalities on tour between his social media accounts and press conferences.
So this crazy year has a lot of people thinking.
Who is the next Justin Thomas?
I know, 5 wins at that age has only been done a few times in the past 50 years.
I don’t mean 5 wins.
I am more talking an outbreak year with a few wins, high on the Fed Ex Cup rankings and move up on the world ranking.
Here are my candidates to breakout next season…
Rickie Fowler: This may be beating a dead horse; this may be false hope or this may actually happen. I just want Rickie to win a few and have a good year in the worst way. Fowler finds himself at 10 in the world golf rankings, two spots up from 2016. Kind of surprising considering he does not have have a win this season. But much like Thomas’s 2016 campaign, he is always right there. He finished T13 last week to boost him to the next stage of the playoffs and bumping him up to 6th in Fed Ex Cup standings. A win in the next couple weeks, and Fowler could make a late surge like Rory McIlroy last year.
Ollie Schniederjans: The name, the hair and the game. This kid has what it takes to be in the spotlight and I think he is very to breaking out for a few wins next season. He sits in 50th in the Fed Ex Cup standings and 100th in the world. That is ideal standings for someone no one sees coming. He has made a few strong showings this season which also lead me to believe he has what it takes like T12 at The Open, T3 at the RBC Heritage and 2nd at the Wyndham Championship.
Patrick Reed: It is a shame every tournament isn’t played USA vs. Europe. Because Reed would be the greatest golfer of all time. When he isn’t in that red white and blue he tends to fade away. He currently is sitting at 19th in the world after jumping a few spots following his strong performance at TPC Boston. The performance also leaped him to 22nd in the Fed Ex standings after being 33rd. This season he has had some really strong showings including T2 at the PGA Championship, T5 at the Travelers and T13 at the U.S. Open. Don’t rule out Reed for a breakout season next year.
What Thomas has done is historic.
These guys may not repeat what he did, but I wouldn’t bet against multiple wins next year for these guys and big leaps in the World Golf Rankings.