10 PGA Tour Players Who Could Surprise in 2022

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Corey Conners, of Canada, plays his shot from the second tee during the third round of the Sony Open golf tournament.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Feb 24, 2022, 2:32 PM
  • Sam Burns seems ready to win his first major.
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick is seeking his first PGA Tour win.
  • Seamus Power is excelling in his mid-30s.

The PGA Tour is just getting going for the 2022 calendar year, and it’s becoming clear how wide open every week is given the number of talented players in the sport. 

When it comes to golf betting odds, there are no locks on a given week, making for some exciting weekends with tournaments coming down to the back nine on Sundays. 

Part of the sport’s parity is the number of young and up-and-coming players, some of whom only the people checking golf betting lines on a weekly basis know. 

With that being said, here are 10 PGA Tour players (alphabetical order) who could surprise in 2022 and climb the golf odds rankings on a given week. Some are rookies, while others are in position to claim their first major championship title.

Sam Burns

The 25-year-old isn’t an unknown, having won two events in 2021, but Burns seems ready to break out and become a star. As steady as he is, do not be surprised if the LSU product wins a major this season and one day is a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team. 

Corey Conners

Conners is in a similar boat as Burns. The Canadian has a PGA Tour victory to his name and has also contended in a few majors. Given his superior ball-striking, he’s too good a player not to win a major. That could come as early as this year with all four majors suiting his game.

Matthew Fitzpatrick

He has seven wins worldwide but has never won an event on the PGA Tour. Fitzpatrick may be the best player who has yet to win in the United States, but that could very well change this year. The 27-year-old has been close, as he has 17 top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour in his career.

Doug Ghim

Ghim is most known for being the runner-up at the 2017 U.S. Amateur, but he seems ready to break out at any time on the PGA Tour. The 25-year-old had nine top-25 finishes a year ago and has the talent to one day come away with a victory. Expect to see the Texas product on the leaderboards a bunch more moving forward.

Talor Gooch

At 30 years old, Gooch picked up his first career PGA Tour win last fall at The RSM Classic and appears ready for more. While it’s taken a few years for him to establish himself on Tour, he has the game to contend each week he tees it up.

Brian Harman

Harman is like some players at the top of this list. He’s been around awhile and is relatively well-known but has just two career wins. The 35-year-old has an exceptional short game, and that could be the key to having the most success of his career as he enters his late 30s.

Alex Norén

The 39-year-old is another exceptional player who has yet to win on the PGA Tour, despite having 10 wins worldwide. After making the European Ryder Cup team in 2018, Norén’s play has dipped the last few seasons. 

With that being said, he’s shown signs of progress lately. And given how good of a putter he is, if that gets hot, he has the potential to claim his first victory at any time.

Mito Pereira

Following winning three times on the Korn Ferry Tour last season, Pereira is making his PGA Tour debut this year. The 26-year-old from Chile is an exceptional talent and has a game so well-rounded he can win on any course. Pereira will be a name to know for quite awhile.

Seamus Power

The 34-year-old is another player bursting onto the scene in his 30s. A native of Ireland, Power won for the first time on the PGA Tour last season and has enjoyed quite a bit of success early in the 2021-22 season, too. While a major may be a year or two away, look for him to be in the mix for the next European Ryder Cup team.

Cameron Young

Young earned PGA Tour status by winning two events on the Korn Ferry Tour last season. He has already proven he belongs with a strong first few tournaments, including finishing second at the Genesis Invitational. Being just 24 years old, the future is bright for the Wake Forest product. 

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”