The PGA Tour kicks off 2011 tomorrow in Maui at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. This limited field event is reserved only for 2010 tournament winners. It’s a fun event to start the year and a great tournament to watch on TV since the scenery is so beautiful. Kapalua Plantation Course has some of the best views, and frankly I’m getting tired of seeing all the great pictures on Twitter which these guys continue to post.
Oh well, here is the first edition of Front9Back9’s Golf Picks and Predictions for 2011. This year I am playing Yahoo Fantasy Golf again and have joined the Devil Ball Golf Blog group. I am going to use the same picks each week on this blog as well as the Yahoo Fantasy Golf, so we will see how well I fare. If you want to sign up for fantasy golf with Devil Ball, or start your own league, you can do it here. Birdies, birdies, birdies are the trend this week, so without further rambling, here are my picks for this week:
Dustin Johnson– I predicted Johnson would win a major championship this year and have a big year. He seems to be one of those players who can actually bounce back after two major collapses. Long hitters seem to hit it longer at Kapalua and I think Dustin Johnson will be close to the top by Sunday.
Hunter Mahan– Hunter is one of the players I really hope picks up a major victory soon. I hope he has gotten over the 2010 Ryder Cup where he feels he blew the match. He will need to make a lot of birdies at Kapalua to compete and I think Mahan can do it.
Ian Poulter– Poulter seems to be mentioned third or fourth on the list of best European players, behind Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell, and Poulter is either going to break out with a major victory soon or continue to move up the list of “best players without a major.” I think a win in Maui with catapult Poulter to a great year.
Adam Scott– Winner of the 2010 Valero Texas Open here in San Antonio, it’s good to see Scott back in the winner’s circle. He also won the Barclay’s Singapore Open in November so it seems he may be back on track to becoming one of the best players in the world.
What are your picks? Feel free to share them below.