Let's play a little game I started last week on Twitter called "who will have more wins?"
When Harris English and Bubba Watson were both vying for the Phoenix Open title I got to wondering who would rack up more tournament titles when all is said and done on their respective careers.
(We're counting PGA Tour and European Tour wins and nothing else)
Watson is 35 and has four wins -- Watson obviously has the biggest win with his 2012 Masters title but he didn't get his first until he was almost 32 years old.
I think he has 2-4 more wins in him with potentially one of them a major. I could see him finishing up his career with something like seven wins and two majors. I feel like that's reasonable.
Although Bubba's always a wild card. He could retire tomorrow citing that he wants to spend more time with his family and launch a career in the music video industry. He's a tough dude to pin down.
English is 24 and has two wins -- English, on the other hand, is as steady as they come.
A lot of folks think he could be the next great American. Almost every response I got on Twitter to the question was "English and it won't be close." Stuff like this:
@KylePorterCBS English. Won't be close.— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) February 1, 2014
@KylePorterCBS English by a mile.— Paul Regali (@ghostofhogan) February 1, 2014
@KylePorterCBS Harris. For sure.— Stephanie Wei (@StephanieWei) February 1, 2014
That's an easy thing to say when he's won twice in the last nine months but the reality is that Watson has two wins (including a major on him). Sure, English has 11 years to catch up (and an eight-year head start on his first win) but well...David Duval happens.
Verdict: I, too, think it will be English by a mile. I could see him having a 15-win, three-major career. Something Jim Furyk-ish. It was still a little shocking to see almost no one take the side of Watson.