Defending USDGC champ Paul McBeth may not have won a major yet this season, but he’s still Paul McBeth, which means anything is possible including winning back to back USDGC Titles.
After watching McBeth tear through the tour in 2015, most knew that a repeat performance this year would be a tall order, even for the McBeast. Whether it’s been lingering injuries or just not getting the breaks, McBeth just hasn’t had as much magic this year, earning close-but-no cigar finishes more often than usual.
At the European Masters, McBeth fell behind to Ricky Wysocki early, but he climbed his way back to within a putt of forcing extra holes, but fell inches short. McBeth then found himself chasing Wysocki again at the Pro World Championships in Emporia, KS. He managed to get within five strokes of Wysocki prior to the Final 9, but he could not get any closer.
Of course, the power of McBeast has still been on display this year, just more in spurts. Early in the season McBeth was in top form beating Nate Sexton by a stroke at the Memorial Championship (NT), followed by a win at the Disc Golf World Tour’s first stop, the La Mirada Open. Then at DGWT’s third stop, the European Open, McBeth’s amazing final round was enough to give him the lead and the win.
After his disappointing second place Pro Worlds finish, McBeth has appeared to make a surge. He had a 12-stroke win the next week at the Ledgestone that included an 1105-rated final round. The very next weekend McBeth went off yet again (with a huge finish) to beat rival Ricky Wysocki at the Brent Hambrick Memorial Open (NT). Plus, McBeth later claimed the Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship.
Now the USDGC is on the horizon. It’s McBeth’s last chance to defend a title from last year. You know Wysocki will be coming full steam. So it looks to be an incredible event.