Matt Fitzpatrick won in Dubai today proving he’s an absolute class act.
But we already knew that.
Henrik Stenson won the order or merit proving he’s an absolute class act.
But we knew that.
What is interesting though and very good if you’re an Englishman is the emergence and a sustained one at that of young English golfers competing at the very highest level.
Tyrrell Hatton came 2nd in Dubai ending a fantastic year where his fourth place on the Race to Dubai had him ahead of Rory.
Chris Wood won the BMW, Willett the Masters, Sulli won three times last year and of course there is Beef. Add to them the likes of Callum Shinkwin and Tommy Fleetwood who have established themselves on tour now and there is strength in depth.
And 2017 will see three Challenge Tour graduates come up in Sam Walker, the hilarious Marcus Armitage and a young lad Jordan Smith who has won the Europro and Challenge tours back to back… watch out for him!
Rounding it all off 14 Englishmen won their cards at Q-School in Girona this week and will be out there next year.
It wasn’t long ago that Lee Westwood was the only Englishman inside the Top 100 and since then Justin Rose, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and more latterly Danny Willett have flown the flag.
England Golf are a shitshow in some things but you can’t argue they are producing not only top amateurs but guys that are going out there and making a very good living!
So when the England football team are out there losing to Iceland, golf is in a whole lot better place, perhaps that will be shown at the World Cup in Melbourne next week with Woody and Sulli?
Either way it’s exciting times. In amongst the young crop are some good personalities too, which you hope doesn't get managed out of them (a worrying trend in modern sport), so there are guys you actually want to root for and get behind.
You can guarantee there will be a lot in contention for the big prizes come next year so...
Come on England!
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