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If you’re a golf fan, you realize the 2018-2019 PGA Tour wraparound season has been anything but predictable.

Don’t believe us?

Well, raise your hand if you thought Charles Howell III would win again after going 12 years without a victory. 

We thought so. For historic purposes, Howell won the 2007 Nissan Open (originally the Los Angeles Open and now the Genesis Open). To show you how long ago that victory was, Howell’s kids weren’t even born.

Now raise your hand if you had Martin Trainer or Adam Long winning tournaments during the first half of the calendar year.

Or the latest winner, Corey Conners, who won as a Monday qualifier at this past week’s event and is looking to find his way up Magnolia Drive at Augusta.

Your hand is still by your side, right?

How about Phil Mickelson winning again, giving him victories in each of the last two years. Or the fact that Matt Kuchar and Xander Schauffele are two-time winners this season.

Oh, there’s so much more to try and comprehend and to try and give us something to focus on for the remainder of the season.

In all, there have been 24 events in the 2018-2019 season (22 remaining, including the three FedEx Cup events) and 22 different winners. It just goes to show that, yes, all of these guys are good.

Will we see more of the same the second half of the year?

Our guess is probably not. With the next four months also including the four majors (sorry Players Championship), look for the cream to start rising to the top. We’re more likely to see multiple winners as guys focus on this stretch of big-time tournaments.

Those who have taken some time off to tweak their game will now have this stretch to showcase if that hard work has paid off.

And with the FedEx Cup race starting to heat up look for the big names to start jockeying for position and hopefully moving from the top 125 to the top 50 to (hopefully) the top 10 as the chase for the end-of-the-year bonus money and playing time ramps up.

A few examples: Matt Kuchar and Rory McIlrory are 1-2 in the FedEx Cup rankings and look set for the stretch drive. At the other end of the star spectrum, Tiger Woods is 81st in FedEx Cup points and Sergio Garcia is 70th. Both have plenty of work to do if they want to advance far in the playoffs.

It may seem like there’s a long way to go to the end, but the clock is ticking and each week a player doesn’t move up the points list is a week others can…and will.

Just ask Conners, who, after his first PGA Tour win this past week, skyrocketed up the standings and is now 13th in the FedEx Cup race. 

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About the Author
Bill Bowman

Bill Bowman

Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has more than 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 18-plus years covering the golf scene in Vegas including 10 years as a writer/editor with VegasGolfer Magazine. He also contributes to the GolfNow Network of websites and Las Vegas Golf Insider.

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