In the previous article we spoke about the three golfers that will reap you monetary rewards in 2023, now we turn our attention to the three players you are better off avoiding week in and week on next year.
Patrick Cantlay has been one of the most consistent golfers over the past few seasons, always finishing near the top of the FedEx Cup Standings and currently sitting fourth in the world. The 30-year-old is a solid player and with eight career PGA Tour victories under his belt.
However, Cantlay has notably struggled with back problems for the better part of his career, which limits the amount of tournaments he plays in. The California-native won three times in 2021, including the Tour Championship to become the winner of the FedEx Cup. Cantlay won just one solo event in 2022 and continues to search for his first major victory.
As he continues to get older the back issues will become more and more of a problem and the lack of consistent play will limit his chances for winning golf tournaments moving forward.
Jordan Speith has won 13 PGA Tour events, highlighted by three major titles over his career. He annually represents the United States on yearly Ryder and Presidents Cup teams and has played at a high-level since turning pro over a decade ago.
Of those thirteen victories, only two have come since 2017. The former PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and FedEx Cup Champion has been hampered by the flat stick, ranking 155th in Strokes Gained: Putting last season. Issues with the putter have left Jordan searching for answers over the last few seasons.
Until he finds a solution with his flat stick woes, Speith is one you want to avoid at all costs in 2023. Speith will be a favorite to win a tournament every week he tees it up and pre-tournament odds will have him as a high choice at the books. The value isn’t there to put your money on a man that is lost on the greens.
The LSU product has become a household name in professional golf with a pair of victories in 2020 and 2021. Sam Burns also knows how to step up under pressure, winning both his tournaments this year in a playoff.
Since his win at the Charles Schwab Challenge in May, Burns has cracked the top 10 just twice, his best finish a T4 at the RBC Canadian Open the week after he won. The 26-year-old has since fallen out of the top 10 in the official world golf rankings to 13th and heads into 2023, ranked 83 in the FedEx Cup Standings.
Burns has the tools to be able to add another pair of tournament victories to his resume in 2023, but the lackluster play over the last six months is a cause for concern heading into the new year for the four-time PGA Tour winner.