Back to the Future: Predictions for golf in 2045


Wednesday was Oct. 21, 2015, otherwise known as “Back to the Future Day.”

Considering it’s been 30 years, one would hope you’ve seen “Back to the Future II,” the film in which Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) travels 30 years into the future via his DeLorean time machine. This is the same movie that predicts the Chicago Cubs end their drought and finally win the World Series in 2015.

Well, Wednesday was the exact day McFly traveled to: Oct. 21, 2015.

With that in mind, the Grill Room decided to look 30 years into the future and predict what golf might look like three decades from now. Here is a list of predictions for 2045:

• Hall of Famers Phil Mickelson (74) and Tiger Woods (69) will hit the ceremonial tee shot at the Masters. Woods will have just returned from back surgery.

• A 65-year-old Sergio Garcia becomes the oldest player to win a major, capturing the 174th Open Championship at Trump National St. Andrews.

Jordan Spieth (52), Rory McIlroy (56) and Jason Day (57) continue to battle it out … for the Charles Schwab Cup.

Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major victories is still intact.

Patrick Reed will captain the U.S. Ryder Cup team to its 10th consecutive victory, prompting the creation of a fourth European task force headed by Ian Poulter, who will have just published his seventh autobiography.

• In an effort to become more global, the PGA Tour holds an event in Antarctica.

• A 71-year-old Ted Scott is now looping for 33-year-old Caleb Watson.

• The PGA Tour driving distance leader averages 447 yards off the tee.

• The average length of a golf course will measure over 10,000 yards.

• A 33-year-old Dash Day becomes the lead analyst on Golf Channel 2.

• The LPGA drops their minimum age requirement to 11. Lucy Li, the 11-year old who played in the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open, is now 43.

• Keegan Bradley's pre-shot routine extends to cover this entire period of time.

Anthony Kazmierczak, Nick Menta and Will Gray contributed to this post.