Expectations of Tiger Woods and Harold Varner III, the only two African Americans who are regular players on the PGA Tour.

Black American Male Golfers

A wise teacher of golf once told me about what to expect of my game on the first tee. “Be glad if you can get the ball to leave here and go “out there” someplace.” When you set your sights on something humble, anything above that is a win.

By Herschel Caldwell

Tiger Woods – photo by MGM

Tiger Woods’ 2018 story has been written over and over again on practically every media platform imaginable. Will he win another major or more? Will he surpass the official tour win record of Sam Snead of 82 professional PGA wins? . While there is onlyi one entity (God) that truly knows the future, we can take what we have seen already from both Woods and Varner, and predict that next year holds great expectations for them both.

Tiger Woods: 2018 record

Majors 4 3 2 0 14 252 70.3 $1,588,663
Total 18 16 7 1 68 1188 69.6 $5,443,841


MGM predicts and fully expect three regular tour wins and 1-2 majors in store for Woods in 2019.

Harold Varner III: 2018 record

Majors 1 0 0 0 2 36 77.0 $10,000
Total 27 18 3 0 89 1566 70.8 $1,223,064


MGM fully expects Varner to record his second official PGA Tour win and makes the cut in all four majors, to include an invitation to the 2019 Masters.

Harold Varner III of the United States hits off the 7th tee during a continuation of the second round of the Colombia Championship presented by Claro at the Country Club de Bogoto on February 7, 2015 in Bogota, Colombia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Harold Varner III (born August 15, 1990) is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour. Despite his small stature, Varner is one of the longest drivers of the golf ball on tour. Varner,, one of just a handful of African-American professional golfers. He won the Australian PGA Championship in December 2016.

Amateur career

Varner was born in Akron, Ohio, but raised in Gastonia, North Carolina where he played golf at Forestview High School and . He played his collegiate golf at East Carolina University,and was the first player in school history to be named Conference USA player of the year..


Varner turned professional in 2012, missing the cut at the Chiquita Classic. Before playing on the Web.com Tour, Varner played on the golf Tour and Florida Tour. Although qualifing for the 2013 U.S. Open, Varner but missed the cut.

Varner started playing on the Web.com Tour in 2014, making 13 cuts in 21 tournaments with two top-10 finishes. His best finish was T-2 at the Rex Hospital Open. He finished 30th on the money list in his first full season.He also played in two PGA Tour events, the Northern Trust Open (T70) and Wells Fargo Championship (missed cut).

In 2015, he had a reasonably consistent season that included five top-25 finishes and a runner-up finish at the Panama Claro Championship. He finished 25th on the Web.com Tour regular season money list, the last guaranteed spot to earn a PGA Tour card for the 2015 -16 season. Varner is the first African American golfer to advance to the PGA Tour via the Web.com Tour.

In December 2016, Varner earned his first professional golf victory by winning the Australian PGA Championship, a tournament co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and the European Tour. He is only the second American to win the Australian PGA Championship and the first since Hale Irwin won in 1978.


Does the story end here…? I think it needs (better) closure.

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