There are countless others in the shadows for every superstar in the limelight. These don’t get the press, feature on magazine covers, or make it to the gossip pages of tabloids. Many underrated stars possess exemplary talent, sometimes even more than superstars. Still, their bitter pill could fall short of a significant trophy to make it to the Hall of Fame.
In golf, you can hardly watch any related news without coming across big names like Tiger Woods, Rory Mcllroy, Jordan Spieth, and Dustin Johnson. Nonetheless, countless other golfers qualify for most tournaments and play excellently and consistently but are yet to receive the notoriety that the big names get. Winning major titles is the only way to bring the whole world to its knees, as Tiger has done.
Below are some of the most underrated golfers in the world currently:
Harris English boasts at least eight pro wins that made his prowess on the course capture the attention of Ryder Cup organizers, who selected him for the tournament in 2021. Nonetheless, the powers still overlook the 33-year-old star on significant events where he can contend with the stars and prove his worth. English is a talented scorer, having won four PGA Tour tournaments and recorded several sixties rounds. The simple man is a consistent golfer who could be headed for a significant title sooner than most tipsters think.
Although Justin Thomas doesn’t fall under the up-and-coming golfer category, the wider golf community still gives him lesser credit than he is due. At the end of 2021, the star was ranked No.2 worldwide by Data Golf, but he still described it as an unsuccessful year. Justin has recorded way too many wins for his age, but he is yet to enjoy the top-shelf success that golfers like Jordan Spieth have attained. Nonetheless, the man is a beast who will take nothing but the top spot, and soon golf fans might start chanting his name in unison.
Many golf fans remember Billy Horschel’s confrontation with Rory Mcllroy after their match at the Walker Cup. Nevertheless, Billy is a spectacular golf talent in his own right, who gained attention after winning his maiden Zurich Classic of New Orleans PGA Tour title in 2013. Since then, the golfer has won the WGC Match Play, the Tour Championship, and the BMW PGA Championship, among others. Although Horschel has mind-blowing golfing skills, many pundits still believe he lacks the X factor compared to players like Dustin Johnson. A major title would greatly help his cause, but it has seemingly eluded him to date.
For someone who clinched a top-five spot in 28% of his 2021 starts, Sam Burns is, without a doubt, a star golfer. The golf community, media, and pundits don’t seem to notice this man’s incredible talent and award him with enough credit. At the end of 2020, Burns ranked position 154 worldwide, but by the end of 2021, the enigmatic talent leaped to position 11. Only a superstar can do that. By all means, Sam deserves to bask in the spotlight with the game’s greats like Scottie Scheffler, and hopefully, he will bag a major title soon and dine with the legends.
At 30 years of age, Corey Conners still has ample time to prove to pundits and tipsters why he deserves a seat at the high table. Corey turned pro in 2015, and although he has demonstrated massive prowess in his all-round golf game, major trophies seem to elude him. The golfer’s only notable success is winning the 2019 Valero Texas Open, which seemed to be his entry into the big league. Although his golden moment is yet to hit the shore, the age advantage, consistent play, and ability to perform under pressure may we’ll see Conners climb into the list of the greats.
One of the most formidable golfers in overall strokes gained is Daniel Berger, who emerged third in this category in 2021. The same year, he managed to clinch a top-ten spot in 45% of his tournaments, which shows just how consistent and determined the man is on the course. Like most underrated golfers on this list, Berger’s biggest challenge has been winning major titles, the golden ticket that separates skilled golfers from the legends. Nonetheless, with his vast array of superpowers, like in strokes gained tee to green and strokes gained ball-striking, Daniel’s moment in the spotlight might be sooner than we think.
Every golfer wishes to make it to the latest golf headlines and publications. Although the path to the top is not as smooth as one might think, lifting major titles is possible even with the many pressures and challenges facing the big-league pro golfers. Nonetheless, it takes sheer determination, hard work, patience, consistency, and a little genius and luck. We hope the underrated golfers above and beyond can overcome the barriers in their paths and make it to the Hall of Fame.