Tiger Woods dominated the headlines in 2019 with his 15th major victory, his 82nd PGA Tour win, and his playing-captain triumph at the Presidents Cup.
Likewise, Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka captivated us with their battle to be the game’s new alpha.
But when we look back in 2029 or 2039, we might also remember 2019 as the year a pack of newcomers crashed on the scene in spectacular fashion.
Today www.islandstats.com brings you the PGA Tour year-end look at Official World Golf Ranking risers with those who cracked the top 100 after starting 2019 outside the top 1,000.
No. 63 Brendon Todd, up 1,943 spots from No. 2,006, Todd was at the very bottom of the world ranking thanks to a multi-year battle with the full-swing yips.
From 2015-18, he missed 39 out of 44 PGA Tour cuts. But it all came together this fall in a magical run that saw Todd win back-to-back to events at the Bermuda Championship and Mayakoba Golf Classic and nearly take his third in a row at the RSM.
A guy who couldn't keep the golf ball on the planet now has his Tour card through 2023 and is headed back to Augusta National.