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Five Golfers to Watch in 2022

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We’ve only just started the new PGA Tour season but the year itself is coming to an end. It’s fair to say that, while the action on the course has been entertaining, we’re still waiting for the new campaign to truly come to life.

The biggest names have been absent after a long season which culminated in the 2021 Ryder Cup. The New Year should see this trend change and we can look forward to welcoming back the likes of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm, and Collin Morikawa.

The end of any calendar year also gives us a chance to look ahead and consider the golfers who will be aiming to breakthrough over the next 12 months. Here, then, is a list of young, and not-so-young players to watch in 2022.

Garrick Higgo

Those that follow the European Tour will have already known about the potential of South Africa’s Garrick Higgo. He won his first event as a 21-year-old at the Open de Portugal in September 2020 and followed that up with two more titles in the first half of 2021.

Higgo was almost certain to try out on the PGA Tour but few would have expected him to win so early in his career. Victory at the Palmetto Championship in May underlines that he should have a productive time in 2022.

We shouldn’t expect too much too soon although Higgo, like the other golfers on this list, will be looking to make an impression at one of the four Majors this season. According to the online best betting sites as supplied by sbo.net, Higgo will be down among the outsiders for the Masters which starts in April.

Among the favorites are the likes of Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau, and the 2020 Masters Champion Dustin Johnson. Following a break for the festive period, the PGA Tour season will resume and those markets will adjust based on results from the weekly tournaments.

Sbo.net will update the markets supplied by their panel of recommended sportsbooks and there will be news and opinion articles to help readers make an informed decision. If they want to act on their judgment, it will be possible to register with any of those bookmakers.

Along with golf betting, there will be a wide range of sports while all outlets should have a welcome package plus a choice of funding options in place.

Garrick Higgo may not be an obvious choice for any of the four Majors but all of these golfers could spring a surprise in 2022.

Corey Conners

Canada’s first representative on this list has been on the scene for some time but 2021 has shown that there is much more to come from Corey Conners. He may not have landed a trophy but the man from Ontario led after the first round of the PGA Championship while he recorded a series of top-ten finishes.

Conners finished seventh at the Players Championship and eighth at the Masters so he can clearly compete in strong fields.

Maverick McNealy

He turned professional in 2017 and has yet to win on the PGA Tour but many feel that this is the season for Maverick McNealy to break his duck. In his rookie season, he made it all the way through to the FedEx Cup playoffs.

The new campaign has also started positively and his best performance to date came with a runners-up slot in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Mackenzie Hughes

Another Canadian golfer who has been on the circuit for some time, 30-year-old Mackenzie Hughes has also enjoyed an impressive year. It’s been a long time since his last professional victory which came at the RSM Classic in 2016 but he has come close to breaking the drought across 2021.

Notable results include a tie for 4th at the Zozo Championship in Japan back in October.

Mito Pereira

Down to Chile now where we find the impressive Mito Pereira, a 26-year-old who has already secured eight professional wins on minor Tours.

Pereira is widely tipped to make a big breakthrough in 2022 after two Top Ten finishes this year and a playoff place for the Bronze Medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Olympics-Canadian snowboarder Parrot eyes Beijing gold after cancer battle

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Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot said on Friday that the mental toughness he gained during his battle with cancer carried over to the slopes where the slopestyle Pyeongchang silver medallist now hopes to go one better and win gold at the Beijing Olympics.

Parrot’s career was put on hold when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in December 2018. Two months after being declared cancer free in mid-2019, Parrot won an X Games big air gold medal in his return to competition.

Showing no signs of rust, Parrot also won a World Cup gold later that year and started off 2020 with another big air gold at the X Games in Aspen.

“Every year I become better and better physically and mentally, and especially going through such a big challenge as cancer you get really more mentally tough,” Parrot told a virtual news conference.

“If you look back at my season right after my cancer … It was pretty much my best year ever.”

Parrot finished fifth in his Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Games before a runner-up showing at Pyeongchang.

The 27-year-old Canadian pre-qualified for the slopestyle/big air team headed to Beijing based on his results from the 2020-21 winter season and is not shy about his intentions.

“Of course my goal is to go for the gold, that’s for sure,” said Parrot, whose cancer battle is chronicled in a documentary called “MAX – Life as a Gold Medal” that was released this week on his website.

“But I am really happy as well that if I don’t get the gold I won’t have any regrets because I did everything in my power over the past couple months and that was something important for me as well, just to not have any regrets.”

While there were some days during Parrot’s cancer battle where he wondered if he would ever return to the sport he loves, he said he never let those thoughts take over.

“When I had cancer it was ‘OK, I’m going to do treatments, I am going to do them as best as possible’ and even if I didn’t know if the treatments would work or not, in my mind cancer had no chance against me,” said Parrot.

“I had a lot of determination and motivation and the whole time I just wanted to get back to my passion as soon as possible. But never getting back to it was not really an option in my head.”

 

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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Canada's Denis Shapovalov is on to the fourth round of the Australian Open – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News

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The Canadian Press


Published Friday, January 21, 2022 7:28AM EST


Last Updated Friday, January 21, 2022 6:40PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia — Canada’s Denis Shapovalov has a spot in the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time in his career.

He beat Reilly Opelka 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Friday to set up a showdown with third-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany.

The Canadian has been pushed hard at Melbourne Park, averaging three hours 37 minutes of court time per win so far.

“I’ve gotten very familiar with the ice baths the last week,” Shapovalov said with a smile in an on-court interview. “We’ve become very good friends.”

At six foot 11 and 225 pounds, Opelka is an imposing force on the court. He had a 17-10 edge in aces on the 14th-seeded Shapovalov but made 46 unforced errors.

“Early on I actually found a rhythm on his serve,” Shapovalov said. “I was able to chip quite a lot back, so I was happy with that. I think I did a really good of just taking the chances today.

“Obviously it’s really tough to get the rhythm against a guy like that so I’m super happy.”

It was the first career meeting between Shapovalov and the 23rd-seeded American. Zverev, meanwhile, has a 4-2 edge in head-to-head matchups against the Canadian.

“Hopefully I can win,” Zverev said. “It’s going to be a great match.”

Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., previously reached the third round at Melbourne Park in 2019 and 2021. The 22-year-old’s best Grand Slam performance was a semifinal showing last year at Wimbledon.

Zverev defeated Maldova’s Radu Albot 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in third-round play.

“Radu is in great form right now … 1/8I’m 3/8 happy to be through in three sets,” Zverev said.

Ninth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal was scheduled to play Britain’s Daniel Evans in third-round play Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2022.

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Defense trade targets for the Maple Leafs, Sheldon Keefe's "soft" comment, and how many games should Petr Mrazek start the rest of the way? – MLHS Podcast Episode 38 – Maple Leafs Hot Stove

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Founded in 2008, Maple Leafs Hotstove (MLHS) has grown to be the most visited independent team-focused hockey website online (Quantcast).
Independently owned and operated, MLHS provides thorough and wide-ranging content, varying from news, opinion and analysis, to pre-game and long-form game reviews, and a weekly feature piece entitled “Leafs Notebook.”
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