Many of you have written to me recently asking which European players we will see on the PGA TOUR in 2008. Now that the PGA TOUR Q-school has finished there is an answer to this question. Obviously, the likes of Rose, Donald, Garcia and Stenson are a given; although, dont expect then to play much of a different schedule than this season, especially with 2008 being a Ryder Cup year. Harrington joins the A-listers following his win at Carnoustie. He played 17 events on U.S. soil in 2007, which was more than I would have guessed before I checked his schedule.
Then you have, what we might call the B-listers, names like Richard S. Johnson, Fredrik Jacobson, Alex Cejka, Mathias Gronberg Brian Davis and Daniel Chopra. Davis is still winless on the PGA TOUR, but finished a very healthy 71st on the money list in 2007. It wouldnt surprise me if he grabbed a win in 08. Chopra got his first at the Ginn Sur Mer Classic at Tersoro a few months ago. Personally, I think Ian Poulter has fallen-off the A-list following 07. He falls into the category of those players stuck between A and B list, names like Carl Pettersen, Jose Maria Olazabal (formerly head of the A-list) and Jesper Parnevik (could never be a B-lister).
Bernhard Langer is an honorary A-lister and 2008 could be his penultimate year of seriously contending on the PGA TOUR. Id give him until a couple of years into his 50s before you stop looking at the legendary German as a contender when he tees it up in main tour events.
Before we get to the new-commers, there is one player whom I feel will resurrect himself on the PGA TOUR in 2008 and thats Lee Westwood. Hes not a PGA TOUR member so I dont think well see too much of him, but hell definitely be around, certainly close to the majors, and I think hell contend for a victory at some stage in the US during 2008.
Alright, on to the new Euro PGA Tour faces: Firstly, one weve seen before, Kenneth Ferrie. He had a horrible 2007 on the European Tour (167th on Order of Merit), decided to give PGA TOUR Q-school a go, despite being exempt in Europe, and made it. I really dont know what to expect from him, but I think hell become a colourful fan favorite. I expect good things from Alejandro Canizares, who, like Ferrie, came through the Q-school. Canizares won in just his third European Tour start as a pro; that was back in 2006 and I believe he will be a good bet at being rookie of the year.
Two Europeans made it through the Nationwide Tour: Richard Johnson, who finished No. 1 on the money list, and Martin Laird. These two are unheard of in their home countries of Wales and Scotland, respectively; they really have flown under the radar, purely because theyve been based in the States since graduating college in America. It would be very refreshing to see them do well on the big tour next season and make a name for themselves.
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