Five famous PGA Tour players are ready to break out of the doldrums and win again in 2023


It’s not uncommon for the best players in the world to go through patchy droughts. It happens to everyone.


But when the dry period begins to expand into multiple seasons, warning lights start flashing.

There are many names in golf that are due and, in some cases, overdue.

We thought it would be good to take a look at some of the players we think are on track to win in 2023. There are a few player champions on this list, in addition to the major winners.

Let’s start with one of the most famous guys in the game.

Ricky Fowler

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Zozo Championship 2022


Ricky Fowler takes a look during the final round of the Zuzu golf tournament at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Enzai, Chiba Prefecture, October 16, 2022 (Photo by Yuichi Yamazaki/AFP via Getty Images)

Fowler’s most recent win came at the 2019 WM Phoenix Open. In fact, since his two-win 2015 season, the orange-wearing fan favorite has only had two victories on the PGA Tour (2017 Honda Classic).

However, the 34-year-old is off to a solid start this season. He tied for 6th in the Fortinet tournament in September and a month later finished T-2 in the Zozo tournament.

Fowler’s game has been trending since he turned his swing and pulled away from the patented layoff position at the top. He currently ranks 20th in SG: approach and 5th in greens in regulation (76.98 percent).

The only thing holding him back? flat stick. He’s messed with multiple putts in recent months, including this week on the American Express where a brand new putter found its way into the bag. Usually a powerhouse for Fowler, he is currently ranked 176th in SG: Putting (-.443).

If Fowler can find his way on the greens, don’t be surprised if he makes his way into the winner’s circle in ’23.

Jason Day

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2022 RSM Classic

Jason Day of Australia lines a body on the sixth green at Sea Island Resort Plantation on November 18, 2022, in St. Simons Island, Georgia. (Photo by Clive Hawkins/Getty Images)

The former world number one amassed one of the best stretches in PGA Tour history from 2015-16 winning eight times including Players, Dell Match Play, Arnold Palmer and PGA Championship wins.

However, Day has not lifted a trophy since 2018 at Wells Fargo.

Injuries hit the Australian, Most notably his back. Like Fowler, Day has made swing changes over the past year, but in his case, it was in order to take some pressure off his back. Using more spin and sticking to a cut has liberated his work a bit.

Today he is ninth in SG:Approaches and hits the green 73.06 percent (34) and fairways 65.94 percent of the time (24).

In six starts this season, Day has four T-21 or better finishes including two Top 10 (claiming a T-10 in the QBE Shootout, an unofficial event).

Like Fowler, his struggles have been on the greens. The automatic putter is currently ranked outside of SG’s Top 100: Putting (105, -. 036).

Colin Morikawa

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2023 Century Tournament of Champions

Colin Morikawa (left) consoles Jonathan Jakovac (right) on the 18th hole during the final round of the Sentry Golf Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort – Plantation Course. (Photo: Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

This name may come as a surprise since he still ranks in the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, but Morikawa’s latest win came at the 2021 Open Championship.

Last year was a strange one for the 25-year-old, as at one point he lost his trusty shot. The streak was nearly broken a few weeks ago in Hawaii at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, but some late bogey and a relentless charge by John Ramm resulted. In blasting a back nine and finishing alone in second.

Morikawa’s game is in good shape, his positioning has improved and the short match is more structured. The five-time winner should return to the top in 2023.

Adam Scott

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2023 Sony opens in Hawaii

Adam Scott hits the tee on the 11th hole during the second round of the 2023 Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo: Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

The second Australian on this list hasn’t lifted a trophy since the 2020 Genesis Invitational in Riviera. Scott’s last win on the PGA Tour before the Genesis race was back in 2016, so winless droughts aren’t entirely uncharted territory for the Masters champ.

Scott played golf admirably at the end of last season with four top 20s in his last seven matches, including two best-of-five finishes in his first two playoff events.

After a not-so-great week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, Scott tied for 21st at the Sony Open last week.

The 42-year-old should find his way into competition several times throughout his 23 year.

Daniel Berger

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2022 Century Tournament of Champions

Daniel Berger plays his shot from jersey number 18 during Round 3 of the 2022 Century Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Plantation Stadium in Kapalua, Hawaii. (Photo: Matt York/The Associated Press)

Remember this guy?

Daniel Berger’s 2022 season was limited to just 12 starts due to a back injury. His final start came at the US Open held at the Country Club which finished two days later. In those 12 starts, Berger finished inside the top five three times (Centre Tournament of Champions, Honda Classic and Memorial).

The 29-year-old’s latest win came in early 2021 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

He has not yet started in the 2022-23 season and it is not known when he will return. When he’s at his peak, Berger threatens to win every week.

The story originally appeared on GolfWeek

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