Backswing RoundUp

Who is your favorite player on Tour right now and why?

Who is your favorite player on Tour right now and why?
We asked our Backswing professionals who their favorite players on Tour are right now.

Two different players for two different reasons

Favorite Player on the PGA Tour….. this is hard… why because I have two for two different players for two different reasons.

1) Intriguing and story line : Tiger Woods
Nothing is better than seeing my childhood idol not only compete again, but win! He is chased down Sam Snead, and is in pursuit to get to #83 wins. The sights are realistically being set on Jack Nicklaus and his 18 professional majors, a dream the golfing world has been talking about since he turned professional. After his injuries and life mishaps most thought that both weren’t possible, but getting his 82nd win at the Zo Zo Championship and winning the 2019 Masters has changed the narrative. His swing is the most controlled I’ve seen since 2008, and it will be easier on his body and keep him in contention.

2) Personality : Kevin Kisner
We all know of and have a Kevin Kisner in our group. If you don’t think so, you are the Kevin Kisner. The blue collar, beer drinking, athletic gambler who always finds a way to not only compete…. but win!! He comes across as someone you could have a beer with and argue about who to take #1 in Fantasy Football, all the while forgetting he is one of the top players in the world. He is down to earth and competes with a fire that is tough to root against. He gets overshadowed on Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup teams most likely do to this demeanor. Which is a shame because I think majority of the hardcore golf fans love this guy and would really root for him.

I might be a little biased due to my Georgia Bulldog fandom…… but Kisner is someone I root for week in an week out.

Timber Creek Golf Course

Derek Zachman

Head Golf Professional

Director of Golf

Timber Creek Golf Course, Roseville, CA

Charles Howell is one of my favorite golf swings on tour!

Charles Howell is one of my favorite golf swings on tour! Its the precision and power that he puts on display. His year in and year out improvement both physical and mental is a testament to a determination for consistency which he clearly exhibits via his rank every year! I also like Xander Shauffele. His swing pacing is just beautiful to watch . He is never in a hurry to hit his swing architecture.

PGA Golf Professional

Kregg Moyer

PGA Golf Professional

Yorktown Golf & Baseball Center, Mohegan Lake, NY

Tiger Woods & Adam Scott

The topic at hand is difficult and a person can debate for hours and still may not be satisfied with just picking one favorite Tour player. I will have to go with my top two and the reasons why.

1. Tiger Woods: Simply put, Tiger is good for the game and the golf industry as he moves the needle for everything golf. Tiger has 82 PGA Tour wins and 15 Majors. Technically speaking he is a living legend that golf fans are rooting for to eclipse these records. Tiger is healthy and playing well thus achieving these milestones is not so far-fetched. Again, Tiger is good for the game as he gets us watching, thinking, wanting, and buying golf. It keeps golf in front of mind for just about everyone and it is good for golf clubs and golf pros!

2. Adam Scott: Adam has always been a favorite player of mine as I believe he has one of the best swings on Tour. Scott’s swing is technically sound, athletic, flexible, powerful and picturesque. I get that he hasn’t won as frequently as he may have should of, but golf is hard. We all know it. Scott’s demeanor and his image is relatively sparkling and doesn’t cause drama or unnecessary controversy like some players today.

Excited to see what other pros have as their pick(s) and why! Play golf everyone! Play a lot!!!

Milton Hoosic Club

Sean Duong

PGA Golf Professional

Head Golf Professional

Hopedale Country Club, Hopedale, MA

My favorite player on tour has always been Tiger.

My favorite player on tour has always been Tiger. He is fun to watch and is great for the game. Looking forward to see how he does in the presidents cup.

Chris Ardolina

PGA Teaching Professional

Wycliffe Golf & Country Club, Wellington, FL

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson reminds me of a Moe Norman type of savant, capable of recreating golf to suit his own conceptions and analysis. He is relentless in his quest for perfection, and not content that he has reached any pinnacle in his game. He embraces learning more than anyone else out there, and has the mind to do so. I think he truly represents golf genius.

Valley Ridge Golf Course

Robert Van Duyse

Head Professional

Valley Ridge Golf Course,

I don't really pull for many guys over the others.

I don’t really pull for many guys over the others. Usually I just enjoy the tournament and how each player uses their unique gifts trying to win. Obviously having Tiger back in the mix is exciting and I’ve enjoyed the steady rise of Xander Schauffele. Very solid and seems like a good guy. Certainly looking for Rickie Fowler to break through in a major championship. I believe he would be a popular winner.

Arsenal Island Golf Course

Todd Fowler

PGA Member

2015 Iowa PGA Professional of the Year. 2004 Iowa Golf Association Professional of the Year

Golf Galaxy, Davenport, Iowa

My all time choice would be Tom Watson... I'll take Bruce Koepka today

As great golfers are positive thinkers, I select my favorites by how they represent the game in the face of adversity. My all time choice would be Tom Watson, as he even smiled when he hit a bad one. The closest most tour players can do is to keep their dissatisfactory reactions to a minimal. I’ll take Bruce Koepka today for his even temperament and of course, great skills.

John Barge

Gateway PGA, Life Member

Hidden Trails Country Club, Dexter, MO

Tiger Woods! ... I also love watching a lot of others including Jordan, Xander, Ricky, and Brooks.

Tiger Woods! I’ve always been a tiger fan growing up and just his comeback has been great for the game of golf in my opinion. Having someone to watch try and break records every week is something you don’t get to see much. I also love watching a lot of others including Jordan, Xander, Ricky, and Brooks. I think Golf is in a great spot with these guys playing every week.

Austin Burke

PGA Golf Professional

Iroquois Golf Course, Louisville, KY

PGA Tour: Rory McIlroy & Ian Poulter. LPGA Tour: Sandra Gal

Favorite PGA Tour Player for me is a tie. I am a huge Rory McIlroy fan for all that he does on and off the course. The player tied in my book is Ian Poulter. Both great players and both work social media well. I believe Poulter tends to get a lot of unwarranted abuse in the States but if you look at him as a competitor, he is one of the best.

Favorite LPGA Tour Player hands down – Sandra Gal – amazing person first and foremost but also a great player who will have a big breakthrough here in 2020!!

Rob Elliott Golf Academy

Rob Elliott

PGA Golf Professional

Founder

Rob Elliott Golf Academy, Pewaukee, WI

Brooks Koepka and Rory Mcilroy

There are two players that I really enjoy watching right now; Brooks Koepka and Rory Mcilroy.

I like Brooks because he seems to carry himself like an athlete and doesn’t seem easily intimidated by anyone. I also appreciate that he had to work for it. He had to start on the European Challenge Tour and now he is number one in the world, personally I think you really have to respect that.

With Rory, I really enjoy watching him hit balls. The grace and balance in his swing excellent. When I attend a PGA Tour event he is always one of the guys I try to watch on the range. He also just seems like a pretty down to earth good guy.

Flagler Golf Academy

Rick Flagler

PGA Certified Professional

Five Ponds Golf Club | Flagler Golf Academy, Warminster, PA

My favorite tour player right now is Dustin Johnson.

My favorite tour player right now is Dustin Johnson. Not only is he an incredible athlete (supposedly a fantastic basketball player), but a self described gym rat. I know he hasn’t played since August, but sometimes time off does wonderful things (see Tiger). I love how he addresses his shortcomings, such as his wedge play, and worked hard to make it an asset. I think that the only thing holding him back from multiple major championships is that he is such a streaky putter. He just can’t seem to get the ball in the hole too frequently. But when he does, he is the best in the world.

Chris Rudi Golf Services

Chris Rudi

PGA Golf Professional

Chris Rudi Golf Services, Mishawaka, IN

Rickie Fowler...No fear style of golf

Rickie Fowler…No fear style of golf…Good attitude never loses temper…Nice golf swing…Best putting stroke of all time!!!

Frank Panetta

PGA Golf Professional

Teaching Professional

CordeValle Golf Club, San Martin, CA

Patrick Reed! He's my "favorite" in the villain sense.

Patrick Reed! He’s my “favorite” in the villain sense. In movies it’s the villain who is always the most interesting character. Reed cheats, lies, and attempts to circumvent rules and protocols – anything in order to win!

Cary James

PGA Golf Professional

Catawba Country Club, Newton, NC

As a PGA Golf Instructor I really appreciate what Tiger Woods has done for my business and the health of the game.

As a PGA Golf Instructor I really appreciate what Tiger Woods has done for my business and the health of the game. He is arguably the greatest golfer in history and I believe he has a great chance to surpass Jack’s majors record. He is charismatic, generous, and loyal to family. And recently has figured out how important it is to treat others as you want to be treated.

Barry Churchill

2017 New England PGA Teacher of the Year

Stonebridge Golf Club, Monroe,, North Carolina

My favorite player is Jordan Spieth.

My favorite player is Jordan Spieth. He has the it factor that no one else has had since Tiger in his prime. The “it” is hard to define. But, the putts he made at the British Open to beat Matt Kuchar is “it”. If someone could explain the ball flight rules to him and get his drives in the fairway, he’d be back in the top 3 in the world.

Otherwise, Rory McIlroy has been my favorite since he turned pro many years ago…Jordan took his place, but Rory will be number one in the world by July 2020.

Panigoni Golf Academy

Mark Panigoni

PGA Golf Professional

Miona Lake Golf Club, Wildwood, FL

Besides Tiger Woods....? Yeah it’s Tiger!

Besides Tiger Woods….? Yeah it’s Tiger! There’s nothing more jubilating then watching Tiger win. I think this week will be interesting at the presidents club to see how much TW picks himself under pressure. If he looks at himself in the present tense he’ll pick himself a lot and if he’s looking into the future he’ll play half…

The Legacy Golf Resort

Jeremy Anderson

2018 Southwest PGA Teacher of the Year

Golf Digest Best Young Teacher 2018-19

The Legacy Golf Resort, Phoenix, AZ

My favorite player on tour for a little while has been Rickie Fowler.

My favorite player on tour for a little while has been Rickie Fowler. He’s a good guy who has had a solid career so far and has some serious style and personality. Style and personality always go a long way with me.

Brian Powers

PGA Golf Professional

Master Golf Teaching Professional®

River Ridge Golf Club, Oxnard, CA

Tiger Woods is and always will be my favorite player on tour.

Tiger Woods is and always will be my favorite player on tour. Right now he is by far the best player. I love his mind. He thinks better than anyone out there. As a result of a strong mind, he is able to perform a confident swing that produces whatever his mind conjures up in the way of shot shape, trajectory, and how the ball will react when it lands. This is why when he is “on”, no one can beat him.

Kevin Dorsch

PGA Golf Professional

Gateway Golf & Country Club

NBC Golf Channel Academy w/ David Impastato, Ft. Myers, FL

My favorite player currently and since his rookie season on tour is Jordan Spieth.

My favorite player currently and since his rookie season on tour is Jordan Spieth. I really enjoy watching him think his way around the golf course and around the greens like players did before the current ‘distance era’. I also think he comes across like a great guy to other players, the fans and the whole golf community.

From my view young golfers can learn more about course management from listening to Jordan’s conversation with his caddie and where he tries to position himself on every hole.

Mattawang Golf Club

Mahlon Dow

PGA Golf Professional

Mattawang Golf Club, Belle Mead, NJ

Tiger Woods has been my favorite player since he came on the tour and will be when he’s off the tour as well.

Tiger Woods has been my favorite player since he came on the tour and will be when he’s off the tour as well. The fire, the drive, the emotion is something you just don’t see in most players. We’ll never see another player like this guy. Enjoy while you can!!

Barry Clayton

PGA Golf Professional

Director of Instruction

Westin Mission Hills Resort, Rancho Mirage, CA

Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka
I like the way he prepares mentally for a Major, I feel if he remains healthy he could add a few more.
He’s not afraid of anyone

Delray Dunes Golf & Country Club

Gino Composto

Assistant Golf Professional

Delray Dunes Golf & Country Club, Boynton Beach, FL

Favorite player on tour currently is Webb Simpson

Favorite player on tour currently is Webb Simpson. His grit to overcome putting woes and his unique swing have impressed me.

Frosty Valley Golf Links

Carmen Costa

PGA Golf Professional

Frosty Valley Golf Links, Pittsburgh, PA

Tiger Woods, he’s grown the game better than anybody in recent history.

Tiger Woods, he’s grown the game better than anybody in recent history.

Nick Duffy Golf

Nick Duffy

PGA Golf Professional

Director of Instruction

Nick Duffy Golf, Winter Garden, FL

My favorite player on the PGA Tour right now is Justin Thomas

My favorite player on the PGA Tour right now is Justin Thomas. Reason being because of his relentless efforts to get better physically and mentally. To add to it, he has sense of humor and personality.

Apple Tree Golf Course

Kevin Anderson

Head Golf Professional

Apple Tree Golf Course, Yakima, WA

Too many to count!

Too many to count! A lot of great golf is being played on both the PGA , LPGA and Champions Tour.
The great thing about tournament golf is the fact that you play a different venue each week and everyone start off the week in the same position. Nothing more fair than that!
Pat

Sun City West Golf

Patrick O'Hara

Golf Operations Manager

Sun City West Golf, Sun City West, AZ

Tiger Woods

No one moves the needle like Tiger. Nobody

Prospect Golf

Jeff DelRosso

Head Golf Professional

Prospect Golf, Prospect, CT

Mathew Wolfe

Mathew Wolfe bc of his uniqueness

Steve Bosdosh Golf Academy

Steve Bosdosh

GOLF Magazine TOP 100 Teacher

Steve Bosdosh Golf Academy,

TW,Love a fighter and underdog

TW,Love a fighter and underdog,especially the way he is hitting his tee ball!!!

John Zupan

Meadowood Golf Course, Westlake, OH