PGA Tour’s “Super Season” Not So Super (Thus Far)

Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau 149th Open Championship Royal St Georges
Phil Mickelson (L) and Bryson DeChambeau (R) fist bump on the 6th green during a practice round for The 149th British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's, Sandwich, England on July 12, 2021. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN for AFP via Getty Images)

When the PGA Tour announced its 2020-21 season ahead of last year’s Tour Championship, the marketing wizards coined it the “super season.”

Following the COVID-interrupted 2019-20 season, the 2021 schedule included 50 events, and featured six majors, the Olympics, FedExCup Playoffs, and the Ryder Cup Matches – all in a 12-month span.

Many were predicting that with so many high profile events, one of the superstars was likely to get hot and “make a career” in just a 10-11 month span. Yet with just one major to go, not a single player has come close to going on one of those historic runs.

The big prizes were taken by Bryson DeChambeau (2020 U.S. Open), Dustin Johnson (2020 Masters), Justin Thomas (The Players), and Hideki Matsuyama (2021 Masters), Phil Mickelson (2021 PGA), and Jon Rahm (2021 U.S. Open). All elite champions, yet the hope was for one of those big-name types to go on a run similar to Jordan Spieth in 2015 or Brooks Koepka in 2018-19, who did it with two less majors up for grabs.

That has not happened.

There is not even a true leader for the Tour’s MVP race. With six weeks to go until the Tour Championship (which the tour ruined by implementing a silly handicap system), there are just five (5) top-tier trophies up for grabs: The Open, WGC-Memphis, and the three playoffs.

If any of the aforementioned six were to win the Claret Jug they’d almost assuredly lock up the MVP, particularly Rahm who would have two major wins, world No. 1 ranking, and top-10s in the Masters, PGA and PLAYERS.

  • U.S. Open (Bryson DeChambeau)
  • Masters (Dustin Johnson)
  • Players (Justin Thomas)
  • Masters (Hideki Matsuyama)
  • PGA Championship (Phil Mickelson)
  • U.S. Open (Jon Rahm)
  • British Open (July 15-18)
Invitational Series
  • Genesis (Max Homa)
  • Arnold Palmer (Bryson DeChambeau)
  • The Memorial (Patrick Cantlay)
World Golf Championships
  • WGC-Concessions (Collin Morikawa)
  • WGC-Match Play (Billy Horschel)
  • WGC-Memphis (Aug 5-8)
FedExCup Playoffs
  • FEC-Northern Trust (Aug 1922)
  • FEC-BMW Championship (Aug 26-29)
  • FEC-Tour Championship (Sep 2-5)

This article originally ran on April 27, 2021.


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