7 Things We Expected In 2017 That Didn’t Happen
It’s been a year of surprises in 2017, here are the things we thought would happen…
Matsuyama major or #1
Having had a six-week stretch of four wins and two seconds in late 2016, we, or I, expected the 25-year-old to push on even further this year and win a major and become world #1.
It wasn’t a bad year for him by any stretch of the imagination – he came T2nd at the US Open T5th at the USPGA, reached #2 and won his second WGC at the Bridgestone with a final round 61 – but I do expect him to win a major and reach #1 sooner rather than later.
He is simply too good.
Tiger buying TaylorMade
Rumours of Tiger buying TaylorMade were circulated as soon as he rebranded his businesses to Tiger Woods Ventures and at this year’s PGA Show in Orlando all signs were pointing to Tiger buying the company from adidas.
In the end, he only signed for them as a staffer and KPS Ltd bought them instead.
Nike players signing for other companies
Nike’s departure from the hardware market came as a surprise and it’s even more of a surprise that a lot of these players still haven’t signed full equipment contracts with other brands.
Both Rory and Tiger signed with TaylorMade, but the likes of Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood, Paul Casey and Ross Fisher seem to be enjoying the freedom.
Saying that, Casey did sign a metalwoods contract with TaylorMade.
A number of these players have gone to TaylorMade woods and Mizuno irons, although Fleetwood has trusted his Nikes all season until he recently added in a Titleist 917 driver.
McIlroy winning a major
After a great end to 2016, where he won the FedEx Cup, we hoped the Ulsterman would pick up at least a fifth major in 2017.
It wasn’t to be after he injured his rib pre-season thanks to some rigorous equipment testing.
One thing is for sure, if Rory can get himself fit for 2018 and can start holing some putts, he will add to his major tally.
English winner on PGA Tour
Surprisingly there was no English winner on the PGA Tour this season.
Paul Casey came close with seven top-7s and Ian Poulter was 2nd at TPC Sawgrass.
Justin Rose was of course second at the Masters too.
Who was the last Englishman to win on the PGA Tour you ask? Danny Willett.
The USPGA shown on Sky
The news rocked the golfing world here in the UK and across the pond too, with the PGA of America deciding to end their deal with Sky to attract a larger audience for the year’s final major.
The BBC jumped at the chance at short notice but their coverage was heavily criticised and the tournament was behind the red button most of the time due to the World Athletics Championship.