Which English Golfer Will Have the Best 2014-15 PGA Tour Season?

Mike DudurichContributor IJanuary 29, 2015

Which English Golfer Will Have the Best 2014-15 PGA Tour Season?

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    Justin Rose will once again be the best English golfer in 2015.
    Justin Rose will once again be the best English golfer in 2015.Willie J. Allen/Associated Press

    There have been, and are, great golfers from England.

    Nick Faldo, Harry Vardon, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Mark James, Justin Rose highlight that list.

    Are there any all-time greats in the current group? Probably too early to tell, but there are some very good ones.

    Justin Rose seems to be the leader of the current group and will most likely have a big season in 2015.

    Check out the list below.

Justin Rose

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    Justin Rose is still living off his 2013 U.S. Open triumph.
    Justin Rose is still living off his 2013 U.S. Open triumph.Stephen Hindley/Associated Press

    Justin Rose has 17 worldwide victories, none bigger than the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.

    But the 34-year-old native of South Africa didn't stop there. The next summer, he won the Quicken Loans National in a playoff over Shawn Stefani, and two weeks later, Rose won the Scottish Open.

    Based on his last four years on the PGA Tour, it seems as if he's in the prime of his career.

    He's the highest-profile Englishman and will produce the biggest season in 2015.

Ian Poulter

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    Ian Poulter is still looking for that first big win.
    Ian Poulter is still looking for that first big win.David Cannon/Getty Images

    There's plenty of flash to Ian Poulter. Fast cars, a jet-setting lifestyle, a sometimes provocative personality and his own fashion line are just a few examples of that.

    But since 2011, he's been little more than a good player on the PGA Tour. Poulter won the Accenture Match Play in 2010, his only win in the United States.

    The 39-year-old has something missing that has meant just one runner-up finish in a major championship, that coming in the 2008 Open Championship.

    It's doubtful things will change much in 2015.

Lee Westwood

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    Lee Westwood continues to be winless in major championships.
    Lee Westwood continues to be winless in major championships.David Cannon/Getty Images

    Lee Westwood's streak of futility in major championships has reached 67.

    He's long been considered one of the best ballstrikers in golf but has won only twice on the PGA Tour, the last coming in 2010.

    Westwood's short game has tortured him throughout his career, which has included 41 wins across the world. As an example, last year he was 85th on tour in terms of proximity to the hole at 23 feet, five inches.

    Combine that with a reputation of being a less-than-proficient putter and you can see why he's never been able to get it done when the heat is at its hottest.

Luke Donald

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    Luke Donald was once the No. 1 player in the world.
    Luke Donald was once the No. 1 player in the world.Jeff Gross/Getty Images

    Considering how much his career has floundered over the last several years, it does stretch the imagination a bit to believe that Luke Donald spent a total of 56 weeks as the No. 1 golfer in the world, according to the Official World Golf Ranking.

    The affable Brit, a graduate of Northwestern University, has become one of the shorter drivers on the PGA Tour and has lost some of his trademark accuracy. That's a tough combination for a guy who has always depended on hitting fairways and greens.

    Donald has five wins on the PGA Tour, and four years after becoming No. 1, he's ranked 41st in the world.

    Don't expect much improvement in either area.

Oliver Fisher

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    Oliver Fisher has won once on the European Tour.
    Oliver Fisher has won once on the European Tour.Andrew Redington/Getty Images

    Oliver Fisher is definitely a late bloomer in regards to his golf.

    In his late teens and early 20s, Fisher was winner on Nick Faldo's developmental tour and was thought to be a fast riser in British golf.

    In 2005 he became the youngest-ever player at 17 to play in the Walker Cup.

    He also became the youngest to earn a European Tour card the next year. He made the cut in his first five pro events but finished just short of the top 100 to keep his card.

    Fisher lost his card again in 2009, and in 2011 when he regained playing privileges, he missed 20 of his first 21 cuts on the European Tour. Three starts later he won his first event, the Czech Open.

    Watch out for this 26-year-old as he plays on the Web.com Tour in an attempt to settle on to the PGA Tour.

Paul Casey

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    Paul Casey seems to be healthy heading into 2015.
    Paul Casey seems to be healthy heading into 2015.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    Paul Casey has put himself in the position of perhaps saying one day "Why did I do that?"

    The 37-year-old was snowboarding in Colorado and dislocated his shoulder, an injury that bothered him greatly in 2013 and continued into 2014, but he did show some improvement.

    Casey made 12 of 16 cuts on the PGA Tour, with nine top-25 finishes but no top 10s.

    He was No. 3 in the world in 2009 and was considered one of the stars in the making.

    There is still plenty left in Casey's tank if he can get healthy.