It’s that time of the year to start hedging your bets. Who’s in the running this time around? This year is a particularly unpredictable one. Up until early September, it looked like it would easily be between Emiliano Grillo or Smylie Kaufman, but the PGA announced that Si Woo Kim would be considered a first-year player in August, and all of the sudden, it’s up in the air again.
We’ve got your rundown below of the top three. Let us know your pick!
It’s safe to say he’s the favorite. Grillo’s got 9 top 25 spots and 2 top 10’s under his belt, but he’s also only played in 23 events. He also boasts the third-best cumulative score of the 14 players who made it to all four majors this year. Grillo has already won a Frys.com Open title, and he’s currently in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking, unlike Kim or Kaufman. He also has a Web.com Tour Championship victory on his resume.
Kim is famously known for becoming the youngest golfer ever at 17 years old to earn a PGA Tour card back in 2012. He is still considered a rookie, however, because he has yet to play in 10 or more events during a PGA Tour yearly schedule, or reach the Top 125 on the Official FedExCup Points List. He’s a favorite due to his 14 top 25 spots, 4 top 10’s and a runner-up in 32 starts.
After earning his first victory on the PGA Tour in October of 2015 at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open by coming back from being behind by seven strokes, 24-year old Kaufman quickly made a name for himself as one of the newbies to watch. His Shriners win earned him a spot in 2016’s Masters Tournament and PGA Championship. The Alabama native also won the United Leasing Championship at the Web.com Tour last year, and shot a nine-over-par 81 for a T29 placing at this year’s Masters.