The Front Nine

The Front Nine – The first edition of our brand new article featuring YOUR opinions

A brand new feature that gives you a chance to get your opinions published. If you want to get involved then please message us on Facebook.

This is the first of a brand new feature that will be published each week that gives you a chance to get your thoughts across.

The Front Nine will get the opinions of our readers on all the biggest topics in golf.

This week we hear from Elliot, Keith, Jay, Jonathan, Padmil, Hoody, Si, Trem, Ross, Antony, Michael, Abes, Ady, Jamie, Andy, Ryan, Will and Adam.

If you want to get involved in the future then please send us a message on Facebook. 

Charley Hoffman

Who is your pick for the Valero Texas Open?

Elliot – Charley Hoffman – been playing well of late. A good showing at Augusta. He seems to fit in really well with Texas, so I believe that coupled with his form will result in a strong showing.

Ross – Charley Hoffman – I think he’s starting to slowly come onto a game. He was playing well at Augusta and then let it slip with a few loose shots, so if he can keep it together this week then I think he has a good chance.

Antony – Luke List- Big driver and good around the greens. I think it’s Lists time to pick up his first PGA Tour win and break into the top 50 world rankings.

Jamie – Not a tournament to throw up exotic winners… the last four have been won by Kevin, Charley, Jimmy and Steve. I’m going with the in-form Billy Horschel to keep the trend going.

Ryan – I would take a stab at Si Woo Kim. Showed good form in recent weeks at the Masters and then beat in a playoff at Harbour Town.

Will – My pick would be Chris Paisley as he has had really good form throughout the season on the European tour and WGC Mexico and he is looking to make headwind on the PGA tour.

Others receiving picks – Matt Kuchar

Tiger Woods 2

Will Tiger Woods win another major?

Yes: 67%              No: 33%

Antony – As soon as Tiger starts to find fairways, he’ll be a force again. I’m hoping to see Tiger red strutting down the 18th at Carnoustie on the way to lifting the Claret Jug for his 4th Open title.

Will – I think he will if he manages to get his head in the right place. His game looks loose and even though his driving has always been erratic, he always managed to find the fairway when needed and pull off miraculously good shots on the stretch.

Ross – No – as much as I would love him to I just don’t see it happening. I think he will win another tour event because he has been close to that already but to win a major is another thing all together and I just don’t think it’s going to happen.

Jamie – Absolutely. Not if, but when. The Masters came to soon for the big cat, but he’s prowling and ready to pounce again.

Elliot – Yes. I believe he may well win The Open (British one for our American friends). If he wins one, then why not more?

Ryan – However much I’d love it, I can’t see him winning another major. Don’t think his game would hold up when it comes to the nitty gritty on the last day.

Dustin Johnson Rory McIlroy Tiger Woods Rickie Fowler

Your picks for the three remaining majors this year

The picks were all put together to give a pick for each of the three remaining majors of the year.

US Open – Rory Mcilroy and Dustin Johnson. Both were clear of everybody else but received and equal number of picks.

Open Championship – Tiger Woods. The group think that Tiger can get back to winning ways at Carnoustie.

PGA Championship – Rickie Fowler. A clear winner here for our group. Jon Rahm was the closest competitor, but it was a clear win for Rickie in this tournament.

Andrew Johnston

Who is the most fun player to watch right now?

Keith – From a Rory fan, it’s only one choice!!!

Jay – Beeefff. Great attitude and enjoys the game.

Jonathan – Watching Tiger’s comeback is always fun for obvious reasons, but the most fun and exciting to watch at the moment for me is John Rahm. His power, determination and passion to win is thrilling to watch so much game for such a young guy. He will go far.

Padmil – Jordan Spieth for his in-flight ball commentary alone

Si – Bubba Watson. He can pull any shot out the hat when he needs and some shots he plays are beyond belief.

Trem – I’d probably say Phil or Fowler. Phil is awesome to watch as always unpredictable. Fowler is on the way to a major.

Ady – Watson. Unpredictable and entertaining.

Patrick Reed

What is the ceiling for Patrick Reed? Can he reach number one in the world?

Abes – I think he’ll definitely have chances and you can’t question his commitment and desire although I would’ve loved Rory to give him a test of nerve at Augusta!

Elliot – Yes. Reed may not be universally liked but that works for him. He seems to feed off the negativity – like a bull to a red flag. The more people are against him, the more he will perform. I don’t think the attitude towards him is changing anytime soon, so the rise will continue.

Jonathan – Out of anyone on the tour Patrick Reed is probably the hungriest player at the moment to be the, just like Jason Day a couple of years ago.

Padmil – Yes, unfortunately.

Ryan – I think Reed is certainly capable of winning more majors, but showed his weaknesses on the final round. McIlroy handed it to him in the end but still showed the nerve to par the last to win when it mattered. Wouldn’t put him in the same bracket as Spieth, Johnson, Rory etc though.

Hoody – He got lucky at The Masters in my eyes. That could have been a very different score as chipping in and making more than a few ludicrous putts from some impossible places. It was just his week just like when Danny Willet won. I don’t see Reed clearing up. He’s had his moment and I would imagine he will feature again but he has not been cast from the same mould as DJ, Woods, Spieth, Thomas.

Becky – Patty…. pink isn’t for him

Ryder Cup

It is still five months away, but an early prediction for the Ryder Cup – Europe or USA?

Jonathan – Europe all the way! you only have to see the number of European players that have won this year on the PGA to see that Europe will be a very strong side to beat.

Hoody – I think we have a strong side this year. I just hope the wildcard picks are more on players playing well at that specific time rather than those that have played well before.

Trem – USA. Hate to say it.

Ross – As much as it pains me I have to say USA. Their team looks so much stronger right now and the youth coming through from their side is great. Unless Europe buck up their ideas it could be another defeat.

Ryan – The depth in the USA camp is far stronger than Europe and that’ll be the difference. Can’t see anything but another convincing win for the Americans.

Keith – Europe for sure! Our time to shine!!!

Ian Poulter

Any dark horses to make the European team?

Elliot – Casey and Beef! Beef would revel in the atmosphere!!!

Jonathan – Paul Dunne and Eddie Pepperell two great talents.

Padmil – Ian Poulter, but personally wouldn’t pick him this time around.

Ross – Alex Levy. Playing on home turf it would be good for him to try and get in the team, plus it would give the fans a local boy to cheer on.

Michael – Ian Poulter might get a surprise pick

Jamie – Was a dark horse two months ago, but if Poulter keeps playing like he is, he might well end up a shoe-in.

Ryan – Paul Dunne looks like he could be hitting a bit of form. Maybe even a return on home soil for Dubuisson?

Lee Westwood

Who should be the European Ryder Cup captain for 2020 in America?

Elliot – Ian Poulter

Jay – Lee Westwood

Jonathan – Sandy Lyle or Lee Westwood

Padmil – Padraig Harrington

Hoody – Miguel Ángel Jiménez

Si – Monty

Trem – Miguel Ángel Jiménez

Ross – Ian Poulter

Abes – Ian Poulter

Ady – Bernhard Langer

Ryan – Padraig Harrington

Adam – Lee Westwood

TIger Woods Bubba Watson Phil Mickelson

Your dream fourball?

All the votes were combined to find out which three players you would pick to play with to make up your dream fourball. Four players emerged as the clear frontrunners but unfortunately for Rory McIlroy he will have to sit in the clubhouse and wait for you all to finish.

The three players making it in, perhaps unsurprisingly, are Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and perhaps more surprisingly, Bubba Watson.

 

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