The 2019 season is young but Keith Mitchell has put together strong strokes gained numbers through four events. The second year player is in the top 15 in SG off the tee, around the greens, and putting. Unfortunately he is 211th in strokes gained approach. The Georgia grad has also averaged 4+ birdies each of the last three seasons in professional golf. Mitchell is a streaky player but was able to get into contention a few times during his first year on tour. When he tightens up the iron game he will be a force to be reckoned with.
Luke List – 33 Years Old – WA – Cameron Champ’s biggest rival
The saying “if they would just make a few putts they would win” is severely over used. Obviously if a world class player rolls in a few they will be in contention. HOWEVER, if Luke List would just make a few putts he would be amazing. List is known for his prodigious length off the tee but has always struggled near and on the greens. For three years, he has not finished better than 148th in strokes gained putting. Still, he has increased his top 10s each of those last three seasons and came close to a win at the Honda in 2018. He already has two top 5 finishes this year.
Corey Conners – 26 Years Old – Ontario, Canada – Huge hockey fan (true Canadian)
I am very excited about the crop of Canadian players. Adam Hadwin already has a victory, and now we also have Corey Conners, Adam Svensson, Austin Connelly, and Ben Silverman making their rise. Conners has shown the most promise but has gotten in his own way a few times. His best chance last season was when he lead after 54 holes at the Valspar but a final round pairing with Tiger went sideways quickly. Similar to List, Conners needs to improve a little on and around the greens but he can compete with anyone off the tee and approaching the green.
These players embody a mix of attributes that are high valued on Tour. Bombers such as List, Conners and Mitchell have the ability to overpower golf courses. Meanwhile, Pan, Ryder, Spaun, Ancer and Hossler are extremely consistent from tee to green and by no means short. Buy low on these players for a big 2019.