Most people watch the ball drop, spray champagne and celebrate the new year with friends and family. Along with that they come up with a New Years resolution, they probably won’t follow through with, like losing weight, eating better blah blah blah. Here are some new years resolution suggestions for PGA Tour players.
Jordan Spieth: Back 9 at Augusta… Spieth has dominated Augusta the past several years and if it weren’t for the back 9 on Sunday last year he probably would have two green jackets in his closet. New years resolution? Learn to take a deep breath and avoid another historic choke job. Oh and maybe play it safe on the par 3 12th this year, two balls into the water was a killer.
Jason Day: It is hard to say something bad about someone who is ranked number one in the world and had three wins last season. So if you look at his game and his stats, one thing really pops out. New Years resolution? Hitting fairways is pretty vital in golf and Day struggled with that in 2016. He ranked 181 out of all PGA Tour players hitting 50.46% of fairways. Clearly it didn’t hurt him too much as he had 14 eagles last season. But it makes you wonder how much better he could be if he hit a few more fairways. Maybe we will see Dash running around celebrating on Sunday more often in 2017.
Rory McIlroy: Coming off of a FedEx Cup Championship, a lot is in store for the Irishman in 2017. Including transitioning from Nike clubs. Who knows what effect that will have on McIlroy but you have to wonder. New Years resolution? Find a putter, literally and figuratively. At the end of last season Rory’s putter was hot and that propelled him to win. But now with switching clubs, he is going to have to find a putter he is comfortable with. You would of thought he was putting with a driver last year as his putting was pretty terrible. He ranked 163rd in total putting and ranked 135 in strokes gained putting. With his length off the tee, if he can find a putter in 2017, watch out.
Phil Mickelson: Lefty, now 46, can still play with the young guns and compete. We saw him do this last year and in the Ryder Cup. Last season he had six top-ten finishes and finished 16th in the FedEx Cup point standings. New Years Resolution? Age is going to catch up to him eventually and that will effect his strength and distance. He is going to have to try to keep up with the young guns off the tee. Last season he averaged around 295 off the tee, not too shabby, he makes up for it with his short game wizardry. If he can keep those distances around that number, look for Mickelson to be raising some hardware on Sunday’s in 2017.
Rickie Folwer: Maybe Rickie likes odd number years? In 2015 he won twice including a major. He finished 4th in the FedEx standings and seemed to be another promising young golfer. But then 2016 happened. He failed to win and had a pretty crappy year. Finishing 31st in the final FedEx standings. New Years resolution? WIN! Fowler is very easy to root for and it would be awesome to see him win again. Last year was rough to watch. He didn’t make the cut five times and finished outside the top 25 seven times. Hopefully Rickie can get his high top cleats and joggers onto the podium in 2017.
Lets see if these guys can make these changes and get a few wins under their belts.