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Old 01-30-2018, 04:34 PM
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The Hype has simmered a bit this past week on the forum, let's boot it back up.

We're just under a month away from the start of the NT, with the DGPT opener immediately following.

Here's my 3 biggest "?" storylines going into this season:

- Nate Sexton is now a Major Champion, having won nothing bigger than an A-tier previously. Was it the stars coming together that week in Rock Hill, or can he translate that success and go from a dark horse pick to a consistent threat week in and week out? How sexy is 2018 going to be?



- For the past 4 years it's mainly been the Paul-and-Rick-show. Their consistency has been unmatched on the biggest stages. In seasons where they've won a World Championship:

-- Ricky 2016-2017 - 2 NT/M finishes outside top 5 (20 starts)
-- Paul 2014-2015 - 2 NT/M finishes outside top 5 (22 starts)

Who draws first blood in 2018? Will 2018 finally be the year a 3rd golfer consistently crashes their party? The "best of the rest" have rotated through the spotlight, but nobody seems to be able to hold on for long.



- Who is the proverbial "David", with no spotlight today in the pre-season, who we'll be talking about in 6 months as the 2018 people's champion to battle the Goliaths on tour?
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Old 01-30-2018, 04:42 PM
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How much will weather play a role during 2018 producing unexpected outcomes?

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Well, here’s to: Simon and Eagle getting into a more consistent game (if Eagle can learn to finish in the big spotlight, I think he’d be a great threat); Shoestrings mounting an impressive comeback; Austin Turner’s rise; Conrad hucking JK Aviars 400’; McBride after the sponsorship switch; and more, I’m sure. I don’t think Nates big win should go unnoticed. He is always up there. He’s very consistent and a great competitor, he’s just been playing in the shadows of the current greats.

I’d love to see much more variability in success among the large tournaments. Seeing Rick and Paul on the platform event after event has become redundant.

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Eagle needs to blast the monkey off his back and win Worlds. And Will needs to do what's right by his shoulder and not come back 'till he's ready. I've had enough of the Ricky and Paul show. (Even though I like them both)
Uli needs a big win. Barsby too.

Speaking of Paul, congrats on your upcoming wedding. May God bless you both, and give you a lifetime of happiness and prosperity.

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Speaking of Paul, congrats on your upcoming wedding. May God bless you both, and give you a lifetime of happiness and prosperity.
Amen to that.

As to 2018: Nate Sexton has been near the top for a while, and broke through at the USDGC. I think he will be the same this year... near the top, top 5 finishes, maybe a big win in there.

I believe 2018 will be like 2017: Paul-and-Ricky show, with other players challenging them in this or that tournament, but for the most part one or the other winning. Maybe Eagle or Simon gets a good win and (especially if Eagle) breaks through to become part of the Paul-Ricky conversation on a consistent basis. I see no one else consistently challenging Paul and Ricky, so sorry.

In the women's side, I suspect Catrina will have a better year, I hope Val will keep up her stellar play, but barring injury or family problems, Paige will (continue to) dominate.

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I predict that all of the players will try really hard and have a lot of fun.


Except for Sexton. They will find life touring with a baby to be miserable and they will go home and operate a food truck.

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Nate and Val are slowly retiring from DG. They'll still play some big events this year, but it's impossible for them to dedicate as much time on the course, when they want to go full steam ahead with Bevel. But yea, all the best to them as well. Hopefully they can get some bog wins in before riding off into the sunset. (Whenever that may be)

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I believe James W Conrad III is poised for another big year and will take another step forward. Look for his rating to eclipse 1030 and perhaps push 1040. I think Chris Dickerson will also continue to climb the ranks.

Sexton has the best chance of staying at or near the top with McBeth and Wysocki, but his straddle putt lacks the long range putting firepower that those two have. For that reason, I don't think he enters into the territory they've separated into.

I've seen enough extraordinary play from Lizotte and McMahon that fool us into believing they will enter the next tier, but they seem to be sorely lacking the killer instinct to consistently take tournaments down.

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Considering Open Pro Worlds is on the Green Mountain courses, take a look at the DGPT results there to get an idea who might contenders.

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I'm calling it right here, right now....

Philo wins 2018 USDGC

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