- Will Stein
Golf Stars Comparisons Current vs Past-Timers
Luis Oosthuizen-Ernie Els
Louis has one of the most pure golf swings on the PGA Tour. Ernie Els nickname comes as The Big Easy because of how easy and simple his golf swing is. Ernie has had a top notch career with multiple major victories. Louis Oosthuizen is also a major championship winner however just like Ernie, Louis had multiple major championships slip away just like Ernie did during his time on The Tour. Ernie had some guy named Tiger Woods in his way during his career. We’ll get to that guy named Tiger later.
Jordan Spieth-Ben Crenshaw
Both from the state of Texas, Ben Crenshaw was a magician with the putter. Jordan has used his putting to win multiple majors just like Crenshaw. Jordan seems to love Augusta just like Mr Crenshaw with being a two time winner at Augusta National. Jordan’s best part of his game is 100% his putting and I’d figure he will win a few more before his time on Tour is over.
Brooks Koepka-Tom Watson
Brooks has an all around game just like Watson. With winning multiple majors in a year just like Tom Watson, you’ll always see Brooks towards the top on Sunday. Brooks doesn’t usually run his mouth unless it’s directed at a certain someone which we’ll talk about later. Brooks is all business and will let his golf game do the talking while he’s on the course. Brooks will be in the talk of Majors for many years to come. Brooks always seems to put his best competitive game under Pressure. Brooks holding off Tiger at the 2018 PGA Championship compares to Watson closing out some fellow named Jack at the 1982 US Open at Pebble.
Bryson DeChambeau-John Daly
When you think about these two guys it’s all about the long ball. Bryson uses his distance to give him a unique advantage on the Tour. Daly’s power earned him multiple majors and Bryson has the power to do the same thing. Both of them aren’t afraid to run their mouth. Look at Bryson’s feud with Brooks as mentioned above; Daly was also known as being unfiltered. The biggest difference when it comes to Bryson and Daly is that Bryson is searching for his next protein shake while John Daly is searching for his next beer.
Justin Thomas-Arnold Palmer
Justin Thomas has the tendency to be extremely aggressive with his play. That’s what Arnold Palmer is known for during his time on the Tour. If Arnie had a .5% chance of getting on the green in two he’s certainly going for it. Justin isn’t afraid to be aggressive either. Justin isn’t afraid to show emotions as he is unfiltered as they come and Arnold Palmer throwing his visor after winning the 1960 US Open shows that both of them are extremely raw. Justin has plenty of time to show that the Kings reign has been passed on to him.
Rory McIlory-Nick Faldo
Rory has brought back overall hope for golf to be restored to the UK. Rory has won every major except the Masters, maybe he can get some additional knowledge from Sir Nick himself. Rory has been the star of the European Ryder Cup teams since he turned professional. People may remember when Rory brought out the heckler at the 2016 Ryder Cup in Chaska Minnesota and the heckler drains it. Faldo will always be one of the major golf influencers in the UK and Rory hopes to be next.
Jon Rahm-Seve Ballesteros
Jon Rahm is Spain’s top prize when it comes to current day golf. I thought I’d be giving Sergio Garcia that title after his performance at the 99 PGA Championship with that escape from the Tree on 16. Seve could make par from anywhere, from the looks of it looks like Jon Rahm can too. The US Open win for Rahm was the one of the gutsiest performances that I’ve ever seen, especially with the series of events that lead to that week. One major similarity you’d see between the two is their temper. Once Rahm can learn to control the temper more, he’ll be more dangerous on the Golf Course.
Ernie Els-Gary Player
Ah yes the Big Easy. Ernie has quietly been one of the greatest golfers of all time. Ernie has shown consistency since he came on the tour winning multiple major championships from the US Open to the Open Championship. Ernie’s career was overshadow by Tiger, and Gary Player was overshadowed by Jack Nicklaus.
Collin Morikawa is quickly becoming one of the youngest stars in the game. While it’s still the early stages of his career Collin already has multiple majors before the age of 25. Tiger got his second major at the age of 23 at the 1999 PGA Championship at Medinah just outside of Chicago. Morikawa got his second at the age of 24 at the Open Championship, his first year exposed to Links Golf
Tiger Woods-Jack Nicklaus
EXPECT ANYTHING DIFFERENT???? As the famous Dan Hicks would say.