My list of 5 Golfers Who Need to Have a Big 2011 includes top talent. Some of these golfers are considered by most to be among the best players in the world. So why are they on my list if they are so established? These five players either need to back last years hype or have done nothing since their last victory.
Stewart Cink– Cink needs to prove his 2009 Open Championship wasn’t a fluke. Since that victory, he missed the cut at Augusta last year and made no noise in the other three majors. His world ranking has dropped to #44. He had a few top-10’s in 2010 but that was about it. It’s time for Cink to step up and show us he is not just a one time wonder. I really enjoy watching Cink play and I hope he turns it around.
Lee Westwood– The number one ranked player in the world. No major championships. Westwood will be the first to tell you his top ranking shows his consistant play over the last couple years. Still the fact is, Westwood needs to have a big year in order to justify his #1 ranking. Besides, I predict Tiger is going
to have a big year so Westwood is going to need a big year anyways if he wants to keep that #1 spot.
Rickie Fowler– Rookie of the Year. Big sponsorships. No wins in 2010. With all the hype that followed Folwer on his first year on tour, he can’t have a letdown year. Fowler needs to get his first win out of the way early in 2011 so he can start getting ready to compete in the majors with the “first win monkey” off his shoulders. If Folwer has another solid year in 2011 like he did in 2010, I think he will be added to the list of “best players to not have a win.”
Sergio Garcia– Garcia decided to take the fall off after having a terrible couple of years. He said he was just burnt out. He then helped co-captain the European team to a victory in the Ryder Cup. So did that involvement in the Ryder Cup rejuvenate his desire to play golf? We will see. But Sergio need to have a big year, or he may just fall off everyone’s radar, if that has not already happened.
Last but not least, Tiger Woods– What else needs to be said about Tiger? Everyone knows the story. If Tiger struggles again in 2011, I can pretty much guarantee people will write Tiger off as “finished.” The allure of Tiger Woods seems to be fading. Players seem to not fear him anymore, and one more struggling year will be devastating for him.
There are many others you can add to the list as well. Darren Clarke, Mike Weir, Retief Goosen, Zach Johnson and many more. What do you think? Do you want to add anybody to the list?