The very last golf column of 2021 is going to look ahead to the New Year. It should be another thrilling 12 months on the PGA Tour with several big names in contention and a number of new players hoping to make a breakthrough.
With no competitive golf between now and the Tournament of Champions beginning on January 6th, it’s time to consider the players aiming to win one of the ‘big four’. Most large U.S. sportsbooks have options on specific, named players to win a Major in 2022 so let’s see if we can identify the most likely candidates with this preview and our predictions.
The man with the shortest odds in this betting market is currently the world’s number one ranked golfer. Spain’s Jon Rahm capped off a consistent season with victory at the US Open back in June. This was Rahm’s first Major title and he’s on offer at +240 to add a second in 2022.
Of those closest to Rahm. Rory McIlroy will attract some interest at his odds of +375. The wait for an elusive fifth Major goes on for the Northern Irishman but he finally began to find some consistency in the second half of 2021 and he shouldn’t be ruled out.
Bryson DeChambeau is available at +400 while his great rival Brooks Koepka can also be found at those odds. Both are existing Major winners but had their struggles in the second half of 2021. The Scientist DeChambeau battled against poor form while Koepka hasn’t been quite the same after a number of niggling injuries.
Also in this section is a double Major winner and a player who looks most likely to add to that tally in the years that lie ahead. Collin Morikawa claimed the Open Championship in July and he showed his love for the European Tour by winning the DP World Tour Championship four months later.
He is still only 24 but has a calmness and maturity beyond his years. Morikawa broke through with that PGA Championship victory in 2020 and it will only be a matter of time before he adds to that list of Major scalps.
Hideki Matsuyama had been a consistent performer on the PGA Tour in recent years but few would have expected the Japanese golfer to claim his first Major at the US Masters last year. Matsuyama is quoted at +650 to claim a repeat but that still seems uncomfortably short.
That leaves us to look for the next ‘Matsuyama’ in 2022 – a golfer who can come through the pack to claim a debut win. One name that stands out from the crowd is that of Abraham Ancer with the Mexican quoted at +1000 to lift a Major title next year.
Ancer was competitive on the PGA Tour throughout last season and he claimed his first victory at the St Jude Invitational in August. The 30-year-old also recorded his best finish in a Major tournament with a tie for eighth at the PGA Championship and he looks a strong contender in 2022.
Other golfers worthy of note in this section include two players from outside the United States. Australia’s Cameron Smith at +700 and Norway’s Viktor Hovland at +550 might have been longer but they should still be considered.
Hovland is the most likely Major winner and he has enjoyed a spectacular start to the new season. In November, he became the first player to successfully defend the Mayakoba Golf Classic and he followed that up with victory in the Hero World Challenge at the start of December.
Hovland has yet to finish inside the Top Ten at a Major Championship but, at the very least, that record should improve in 2022.
As for Cameron Smith, the man with the mullet started to be taken seriously when he tied for second at the US Masters in 2020. Prior to that, he tied for fourth as a 21-year-old at the US Open in 2015.
There is a feeling that Smith lacks the stamina to last the pace after promising early rounds but he has won three times on the PGA Tour. Admittedly, two of those wins have come in a team golf event but he is always a threat and could be one to watch.
So Who Can Win A Major in 2022? Our Predictions
We have gone into detail on the named players here so we’ll just finish off 2021 with a couple of picks. Collin Morikawa is a seriously impressive young golfer who looks completely calm and unflappable every time he steps onto the course. He had the perfect game for English conditions when winning at Royal St George’s and he has the qualities needed for a successful defense at the 2022 Open Championship at St Andrews.
Of the longer priced options, Abraham Ancer is the name that stands out. He has been consistent throughout 2021 and isn’t concerned when the stronger fields assemble. Ancer has some stiff competition in 2022 but the Mexican has the game and the temperament to come through. So these are our picks:
- Collin Morikawa to win a Major in 2022 at +325 with BetOnline.
- Abraham Ancer to win a Major in 2022 at +1000 with BetOnline.
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