Chubby Chandler: What a year 2017 will be
Article posted: 13 January 2017
It's going to be just as busy as ever and hopefully as successful.
Now that the golf world has woken up from its brief winter hibernation, I thought I'd take a look into the future and what 2017 might have in store.
I will, however, start by expressing my sadness about the loss of John Jacobs.
John not only pioneered the European Tour, but was also a great coach and a warm and wonderful man, who will be missed by all who knew him.
We have plenty to look forward to. From a number of relatively new faces making their way to some very familiar ones re-fixing their goals.
What I do know is that it's going to be just as busy as ever and hopefully as successful.
From the likes of Joost Luiten and David Horsey moving up to the next level, to the arrival of the highly promising Dominic Foos, the rededication of Darren Clarke and the continued focus on success for Lee Westwood, there is plenty to see develop with huge interest.
But what I am most sure of is Danny Willett's desire to build on his reputation as a world force, underlined by his victory at The Masters. I have no doubt Danny will kick on to win more majors and emphasise his standing in the game.
Darren's is already set, but as he approaches senior service he will want to show he can still cut it with the young guns. The Ryder Cup consumed him for the best part of two years, but now he can concentrate on his own game... and don't be surprised if he shows he still has what it takes.
It's all very interesting and a lot to look forward to. There again I've never been one to look back.