In practically every facet of life, it’s been another unusual and trying year, with sacrifices and concessions required across the board. Golf has suffered due to the storm of Covid-19; events have been canceled, and numbers have been reduced. Yet, despite these challenges, golfers may look forward to an exciting and positive year in 2021. As the pandemic progresses, figures show that participation numbers are improving as people return to and pick up golf.
The Majors, Olympics, Solheim, Ryder, Curtis, and Walker Cups all produced intriguing and thrilling storylines in the competitive game in 2021. Heroes and villains have appeared, as well as controversy and sportsmanship, as well as age-defying and ground-breaking performances. But, what does the landscape for 2022 look like? With so much potential in both men’s and women’s sports, 2022 is shaping up to be a thriller, with players wanting to climb up or return to the top. So, who are the players to keep an eye out for? Which players will offer the most DFS value weekly? And ultimately, who will be the hottest property in 2022? The list of the players below should all answer these questions.
Joaquin Niemann appears to have been around for a while, yet he is only 23 years old. He’s a gifted athlete with a strong desire to succeed. However, he has yet to realize his full potential after winning the Latin America Amateur Championship and exhibiting consistent play since turning professional in 2018. This might be the Chilean’s season.
Niemann was born in Santiago, Chile, and resides in Jupiter, Florida. Niemann’s father gave him plastic clubs when he was two years old, and he has risen steadily since then. Coach Steve Bradley scouted Niemann for the University of South Florida, where fellow Chilean Claudio Correa was already a golfer. However, Niemann’s TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores were insufficient to secure admission, and he was unable to go. However, while college golf in the United States suffered a setback, the amateur game benefited. Six victories in minor professional competitions in his home nation while still, an amateur foreshadowed his potential.
His unquenchable drive for titles propelled him to the top of the amateur golf rankings, and by the end of the year, he was competing among Chile’s best professionals. His first win at that level came in late 2016, and he continued to add to his total throughout 2017 while also filling the trophy cabinet.
On his pro debut, he tied for sixth at the Texas Open, one of three top-eight results in his first five PGA Tour events, earning him Special Temporary Member Status for the remainder of 2018. Niemann was solid during the summer of 2019 and then took a significant step forward. He became the first golfer from Chile to win on the PGA Tour in September’s A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier and the youngest international PGA Tour winner since 1923.
From one Chilean to another (well, we did say we wanted to look for the hottest properties in golf!). Few golfers can claim to have started the year below the top 300 before ascending to the 83rd position in 2021. Pereira has three top-ten finishes in his career, including a top-three result on the PGA Tour at the Fortinet Championship earlier this season. With his previous performances showing such promise, 2022 is shaping up to be the year the Chilean adds to his resume. Pereira, who is only the sixth player in 32 years to gain automatic three-win promotion to the PGA Tour, is looking strong. We’re sure he’d like to build on his amateur success, which saw him place sixth in the world among his peers.
Because Pereira’s ascension has already begun in earnest, he’s almost too easy to pick. In June, he won back-to-back weeks on the Korn Ferry Tour, then competed in PGA TOUR events. As a result, he has emerged as a strong contender for a spot on Trevor Immelman’s International Presidents Cup team in less than four months.
Pereira was sixth on the Korn Ferry Tour in ball-striking last season, and he was in the top 20 in greens in regulation. In four of his previous five measured PGA TOUR events, he finished in the top-20 of the field in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green, including first at the Fortinet Championship.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a massive fan of this young gentleman. So it’s difficult to overlook this youngster as one of the young talents to watch next season. After a successful Korn Ferry Tour season last year, Zalatoris was granted a special exemption and has already competed in over 20 PGA Tour tournaments this season. Fantastic performances have characterized the year, including a T6 at the US Open, a 2nd at the Masters, and a T8 at the PGA Championship.
Zalatoris is looking for world domination and is keen to compete on multiple tours. The biggest draw, according to Zalatoris, is competitiveness. “I want to follow in the footsteps of the finest.” “What the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour are going to do in the coming several years is very cool,” Zalatoris remarked. “I’d like to be a part of it.” I’m 25 and don’t have any responsibilities at home, which helps. This tour has so many unique events, many of which I’ve seen on television back home.”
Zalatoris joined the PGA Tour as a Special Temporary Member in November and earned full-time membership for the 2021-22 season after earning 1,296 non-member FedExCup points. In 25 starts, he has eight top-10 finishes and made 21 cuts, including a runner-up finish at the 2021 Masters Tournament. Zalatoris also competed on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2020, making 16 starts and finishing in the top ten in 10 of them, including a win at the TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes and a runner-up finish at the Evans Scholars Invitational.
I’m sure you will agree that looking at these three fine individuals, the future of golf looks extremely hot and spicy! So stay tuned for part two, where we will reveal some more golfers to follow in 2022.
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