World Golf Preview 2022: Golf contenders for the 2022 golf season

By Greg Stewart

Cameron Smith (no10 WGR)

Smith is in superb form ending last season in 20th position in the World Golf Rankings (WGR) with 18 top-10 places including four wins three 2nd place and four 3rd place finishes. He has started the 2022 season off with a win already lifting his ranking to 10th. The likeable Aussie will be one to watch in 2022 and will be a good betting option for the Majors this year. At 10:1 for a win and 3.5:1 for a top 5 this weekend’s Sony Open in Hawaii on SunBet, he is a keen choice for any golf betting fan.

Abraham Ancer: (no20 WGR)

Ancer, who started last season ranked 29th in the world golf rankings, finished in 17th position in a season that saw him card 17 top twenty finishes including a win in the St Jude Invitational and runner-up at the Wells-Fargo Championship. He has had 18 top-10 finishes in a 4-year career span and this year could see him hit the top-10. He is currently ranked 3rd in driving accuracy percentage on the PGA tour.

With betting odds of 29:1 for a win, 6:1 for a top-5 and 3.75:1 on SunBet for a top-10 place the Sony Open this week, he is definitely worth considering. Ancer will also be a big player in Major Golf Tournaments in 2022.

Jon Rahm (No1 WGR)

What can you say about a player who has ranked 3rd, 2nd and now 1st in the past three seasons? A lot but time would not allow. Jon has notched up twelve top-10 finishes in the 2021 golf season including a win at the US Open Tournament and is ranked No1 in Greens in reregulation on the PGA tour. In his opening tournament for 2022 Rahm placed 2nd at the Sentry Tournament of champions last month giving a big warning call to others and he will certainly be a contender for all major golf tournaments in 2022.

Louis Oosthuizen (No12 WGR)

Louis had a remarkable, if not frustrating 2021 season where he placed in the top-3 in three Majors (US Open- 2nd, PGA Championship- 2nd, and the 149th Open Championship- 3rd). It would be a remarkable achievement for any world ranking golfer in a full career let alone in one year. A stronger motivation to win a major you could not find and his driving accuracy is world class and so Louis is my call to win a major in 2022

Christian Bezuidenhout (No48 WGR)

The young South African has been in a top 50 ranking position for 2 seasons with eight top-20 and five top-5 places last season. While the 2020 season was a better year for him with three tournament wins including the South African Open, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the Alfred Dunhill Championship, he has shown real grit and is a classy ball striker who will be a definite contender this season. Christiaan at 5:1 for a top-10 and 9:1 for a top-5 at the Sony Open this week is a great value golf bet to take on SunBet

Other Golfers to watch in the 2022 international Golf year: Taylor Gooch (No48 WGR), Sungjae Im (No48 WGR), Matthew Woolf (No48 WGR), Sam Burns (No48 WGR), Eric van Rooyen (No48 WGR), David Lipsky (No181 WGR)

Major Champion Contenders for 2022:

Two-time major champion Collin Morikawa and Jon Rahm top the list, with Rory McIlroy following.  Cameron Smith, Abraham Ancer and Louis Oosthuizen are all poised to make a play at the Majors with Paul Casey and Jordan Spieth also never out of contention. Sam Burns is an intriguing option as he is not a “big-name” golfer, without a top 20 finish in a major on his record. However, he is off to a great start this season with one win notched up already.