The PGA TOUR's Surprising Five

Domenic ScaranoCorrespondent IMarch 17, 2009

"The PGA Tour season is underway."


That is something somebody who doesn’t know much about golf would say. 


The reality of the situation is they have been playing since January 8, which means there has already been two solid months of golf. 


The PGA Tour season is a long and grueling 44 weeks—and believe it or not includes golfers other than Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson


With so much golf having been played and so much left to play, there are plenty of golfers who have turned a few heads and some who are going to. Here are some guys to look out for as we approach the season's first Major:



Anthony Kim

Some of you may remember last year that while Tiger was injured, a young pro seemingly came from nowhere to win two PGA TOUR events (Wachovia., AT&T National).  He finished the year in exceptional form, finishing tied for third in the BMW Championship and the TOUR Championship. 

He has fallen off the radar a bit this season, even missing the cut at the FBR, but you can bet he’ll be back before the season is done and likely in a big way. I expect him to compete with Tiger one of the majors.


Nick Watney

By winning the Buick Invitational this year Watney collected his second victory on the PGA TOUR, his first coming in 2007 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.  He has competed in six events and finished in the top 25 in five of them—including his win. 

With only one top 10 in 2008, and that was at the first event of the year, Nick seemed to have been in a rut.  Not anymore.


Luke Donald

The Englishman seems to have found his form following wrist surgery in 2008.  He has opened the 2009 season playing in six events and finishing in the top 25 in all of them. 

Don’t be surprised he decides he’s ready to enter the winners circle for the first time since his 2006 Honda Classic triumph.


Chris DiMarco

Famous for his playoff loss to Tiger Woods in the 2005 Masters, DiMarco followed that by having shoulder surgery in 2006.  He has struggled to get back to form since but may have finally found his stride—already finishing in the top 25 twice in ’09. 

Look out if he is able to get back to where he was.


Rory McIlroy

Probably the most intriguing of the group is Rory McIlory, a 19 year-old Northern Irishman who currently resides on the European Tour. 

Only 18 months after turning pro he has already earned his place at the 2009 Masters and after recently winning the 2009 Dubai Desert Classic and moving to 16 on the World Golf Rankings list he is no stranger to the spotlight and likely won’t be too nervous—good for him, bad for the field.




Tiger Woods isn’t the only talent on the PGA TOUR.  These boys can play and would like nothing more than to steal the spotlight from Mr. Woods—or at the very least, share it.