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

Bryson DeChambeau Wins 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot
Bryson DeChambeau walks past a leaderboard on his way to the 17th green during the final round of the 120th U.S. Open Championship on September 19, 2020 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/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 half of those six majors complete, as well as the fifth major (The Players), 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). 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.

In fact, only DeChambeau, who also won the Arnold Palmer, and Stewart Cink, who picked up victories at the Safeway Open and RBC Heritage, are two-time winners.

There is not even a true leader for the Tour’s MVP race. With 17 weeks to go until the Tour Championship (which the tour ruined by implementing a silly handicap system), there are just eight (8) top-tier trophies up for grabs: the three majors, the Memorial, the WGC Memphis event, and the three playoffs.

If any of the aforementioned four were to win one of the upcoming majors they’d almost assuredly lock up the MVP, particularly DeChambeau who would have two majors and the Arnold Palmer, one of three Invitationals.

As of now the Tour MVP is DeChambeau by virtue of two big wins, including a major, with Thomas probably next (No. 1 money list, No. 2 in the world, PLAYERS champ). DJ, Matsuyama, and either Spieth (win, 5 top 10s) or Cink (2 wins) would round out the top 5.

Majors
  • U.S. Open (Bryson DeChambeau)
  • Masters (Dustin Johnson)
  • Players (Justin Thomas)
  • Masters (Hideki Matsuyama)
  • PGA Championship (May 20-23)
  • U.S. Open (June 17-20)
  • British Open (July 15-18)
Invitational Series
  • Genesis (Max Homa)
  • Arnold Palmer (Bryson DeChambeau)
  • The Memorial (June 3-6)
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)

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