Although the PGA Tour is where golf’s elite generally prefer to ply their trade, the European Tour roster still features some of the very finest players in the world. With some huge events upcoming in the golf calendar, we thought it might be a good time to profile the current hot players in Europe (many who also play in the US from time to time), so here are the European Tour’s Top Five Guys!
Currently leading the Race to Dubai rankings, the 2019 Rolex Series title winner is definitely improving with age. Shane Lowry’s success at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January was a real shot in the arm for the Irishman and a long overdue European Tour success, with Lowry having been runner-up on a few occasions over the past couple of seasons. With another title under his belt, I fell that Shane Lowry can have an impact in the majors this year.
Although Louis Oosthuizen generally competes across three Tours, his presence on the European circuit has been consistent throughout the South African’s professional golf career. The 2010 Open Championship winner has a total of nine European Tour titles to his name, the most recent of which coming in December at the 2018 South African Open, a tournament co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour and Asian Tour. Louis is fairly selective with the events he competes in due to injuries, but this talented golfer is still more than capable of mixing it with the very best players in the world.
A European Tour veteran, Ian Poulter is a name that always comes up when it comes to golf betting. Following a few struggles with his game, Poults has had somewhat of a renaissance in recent times and put up some impressive performances in 2018, culminating in victory at the Huston Open following a playoff against Beau Hossler. An ever-present force at the Ryder Cup, Ian Poulter will no doubt continue to be amongst the leading contenders for top European Tour honors this term.
Dane Thorbjorn Olesen is a five-time European Tour winner and has been consistent on Tour since he turned professional back in 2011. Thorbjorn was a crucial part of the victorious European 2018 Ryder Cup team, defeating Jordan Spieth 5 and 4 on the closing day. The 2018 Italian Open winner certainly hits the balls a long way for someone standing at just 5 feet, 9 inches tall, and Olesen looks set for another successful season in 2019.
A real character of the game, Eddie Pepperell is making a rapid rise up the golf world rankings. Having won two European Tour events in 2018, pundits and fans alike are really beginning to take notice of this talented 28-year-old. Eddie shot a mightily impressive final-round 67 at last year’s Open Championship, which meant he finished T6 – his best position in a major to date. Expect Eddie Pepperell to continue to achieve great things as he is most definitely a player to watch.