For most folks, the new year is a time of reflection and renewal, taking stock of the past year and making new commitments and goals for the coming one. But for golf lovers, the turn of the new year means the promise of even more great golf. And 2022 is already shaping up to be a fantastic year in terms of professional golfing.

At Totally Driven, we love watching promising up-and-comers show the world what they’re made of as they break through to the top echelon of the golfing world. That’s why we’re sharing this list of the top pro golfers to keep an eye out for in 2022 after looking over some of the top predictions from golf watchers. To talk golf and work on your own golf fitness, call our Minnesota golf store today.

1.   Sahith Theegala

23-year-old California native Sahith Theegala has been making a name for himself since his three-time NCAA All-American status at Pepperdine. Theegala has been playing most of his young life and won golf awards at ages six, eight, and ten. Like many of the young up-and-comers right now, Theegala’s college golf days were interrupted by the COVID pandemic. But before it did, Theegala had already won the Australian Master of the Amateurs, Alister MacKenzie Invitational, and Southwestern Invitational in addition to his Pepperdine team earning first rank in the nation.

Theegala would also become the fifth person to win three prestigious awards in the same year: the Jack Nicklaus Award, the Haskins Award, and the Ben Hogan Award. With those wins, he joined the ranks of Bill Haas, Patrick Rodgers, Hunter Mahan, and Ryan Moore. Since his June 2020 professional debut, he has racked up his share of accomplishments including T-9 at MGM Resorts Championship, T-4 at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, and T-14 at the Safeway Open on the PGA Tour.

2.   Lucas Herbert

Lucas Herbert is a 25-year-old Aussie who has been playing the European Tour since 2018 and enjoyed his first PGA win in October 2021 at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship. Herbert hails from Bendigo, Australia, and has been racking up wins globally for a few years now.

Despite losing a playoff at the 2013 Lexus of Blackburn Heritage Classic on the Australasia PGA Tour, he would go on to turn professional in 2015. In 2018, Herbert would come in 47th on the Race to Dubai, placing him in the world’s top 100. He later defeated Christiaan Bezuidenhout in a 2020 playoff for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Herbert also finished in the top 25 at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals before earning that Halloween 2021 PGA win.

3.   Rickie Fowler

California native and current Florida resident Rickie Fowler has been golfing since he was three years old, and his commitment to the sport shows. After a very successful amateur golfing career, Fowler went through a few rough seasons but is back in 2021 showing everyone he’s willing to put the work in to be the best.

Although Fowler has been playing since he was a preschooler, he primarily learned to play on his own on a driving range. But his commitment to golf was always there. He even dressed up as Fred Couples one year for Halloween as a kid.

Despite being self-taught, he would lead his team to the state final as a senior in high school before attending Oklahoma State University. He can be seen wearing orange on the final day of each tournament to honor OSU. In college, he won the Fighting Illini Invitational at the University of Illinois by one stroke with a 70-63-70. And in 2007 and 2008, he held the rank of number one ranked amateur golfer in the world for 36 weeks.

Fowler turned pro in 2009 and would earn 2010 Rookie of the Year as well as five PGA wins over the next decade. Although he’s had some spotty years, his performance since the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open has been solid.

4.   Mito Pereira

Hailing from Chile, Guillermo Pereira Hinke, who goes by the nickname “Mito,” earned his automatic promotion from the Korn Ferry Tour after already killing it on the 2016 PGA Tour Latinoamérica. As a youth, the now-26-year-old golfer won the 2008 Optimist International Junior Golf Championship in the 12-13 category and would come in as a runner-up in the 2010 Junior Open Championship in Fife, Scotland.

At only 17, Pereira won the Abierto Internacional de Las Brisas de Chicureo, winning a single stroke over Cristián León and Nico Geyger with a 70-70-70. After a year of college golf with Texas Tech in 2014-15, Pereira went pro. On the 2016 PGA Latinoamérica, he would become the youngest player to rack up a number one win at the Roberto De Vicenzo Punta del Este Open Copa NEC. His numerous other wins would include T3 at the Nashville Golf Open, Bronze at the 2019 Pan American Games, and back-to-back wins on the Korn Ferry Tour.

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