A year for most of us starts like just an ordinary January 1st, but for others that translates into a million light years that many people can only salivate about. One minute, you are an underdog who has never tasted any tangible success before. The next minute, you’re Wyndham Clark raining tears into his newlywed U.S. Open. A lot of changes can happen in one calendar year. It may only be halfway through the year but the below stars have proved their talent by rising up the ranks and making headway in the golfing scene. We list the golfers who have enjoyed a significant breakthrough in 2023 so far.
Top 10 Golfers That Have Made Strides in 2023
The 30-year-old Colorado-born star turned pro in 2017, but waited patiently for six years before his date with glory. Clark’s star first shone in the PGA TOUR’s Wells Fargo Championship in May 2023. Most of his peers might have thought of that as a lucky win, until June 2023, when he beat the elite pros of golf to scoop the precious U.S. Open.
When everyone was busy complaining about LIV Golf, Gooch signed on in May 2022. The Oklahoma State University alumni didn’t take long to adjust to the big money, because, in Australia’s LIV Adelaide event in April 2023, the man scooped his first title. As if that was not enough, merely a week later, Gooch bagged his second LIV event in Singapore and has recently made it three LIV wins with his victory in Andalucia.
With a huge brand name like Rickie Fowler’s comes expectations. What with being the number one ranked amateur golfer worldwide in 2007 and 2008 for 36 weeks. And then never touching a major trophy! Anyway, stardom is in the genes as the star proved in June 2023 when he barely missed the U.S. Open only to clinch the Rocket Mortgage Classic, ending a four-year title drought.
Success and Brooks Koepka are well-acquainted. The 5-time major champion never seems to tire of surprises. The man won the U.S. Open simultaneously in 2017 and 2018. And of course, his favorite – the PGA Championship in 2018, and 2019, and just when golf fans thought he was done, he hit the jackpot again in 2023!
2023 has been quite a year for Spanish phenomenon Jon Rahmbo. Well, the record breaker became the only golfer from his country to bag the U.S. Open in 2021. He proved worthy of his 52 weeks at world number one in April 2023 when he scooped his maiden green jacket at Augusta. It’s indeed not humanly possible to describe what future awaits this giant.