There’s still much uncertainty in the golf world, seemingly making it impossible to predict the future. And yet, because the future is so unclear, it’s a great time to look a bit down the road and find some players to watch for the 2023 major championships.

Which LIV players will be playing? Which won’t? Who will be in form? Who will be coming in with competitive rust? We don’t have answers to these questions yet, but by attempting to project them now, in December, you can talk yourself following a star early on as they chase a Green Jacket or the Claret Jug.

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Tony Finau to win the Masters
Only three players matched Tony Finau’s win total on the PGA Tour last year. All three of them (Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy and Cam Smith) are major winners. It’s time for Finau to join that elite company. It felt like Finau took as significant a career leap in 2022 as any other player. Big things are on the horizon for him. And with three top 10s at Augusta National, I’d say his best shot at a major will be the Masters. And why not him? — Stephen Hennessey

Bryson DeChambeau shot a three-under 69 in the first round of the LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok to sit four off the Day 1 lead. Jonathan Ferrey/LIV Golf

Bryson DeChambeau to win the Masters
Go ahead, laugh it up, but there’s no reason a fully healthy and far less bulky Bryson can’t return to his pre-2022 form. Before LIV, it was a matter of when, not if, DeChambeau would win a Masters. Yes, he has been humbled by Augusta National, but between that and moving to LIV, perhaps DeChambeau and his new teammates will be extra-motivated to show up and show out in April. — Christopher Powers

Jon Rahm to win the PGA Championship
Tiger Woods once called Oak Hill the toughest but most fair major venue in golf. If anything, the recent restoration will make it even tougher. You’ll need all the shots — mostly length and placement off the tee, plus all the shots around the greens. Jon Rahm really impressed me at the end of 2022 with his short-game gains. Combine that with his off-the-tee prowess, I think Rahm has a good chance to add to his major total in 2023. — SH

Will Zalatoris to win the PGA Championship
A look back at the leaderboard for the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill shows you exactly the type of player profile you should be looking to bet on in 2023: somewhat accurate off-the-tee and absolutely elite on approach. Look no further than Willy Z, who you’d think might win between now and May or at least contend. I can’t see it going the other way barring a major setback with his back. — CP

Corey Conners to win the PGA Championship
If Jason Dufner can win a PGA at Oak Hill, Corey Conners sure could, too. Like Zalatoris, he’s elite with his irons and much more accurate off the tee, allowing him to feast from the fairway on approach. His driving distance is certainly a concern, as Oak Hill has been lengthened, but he hits it long and straight enough to contend almost anywhere. — CP

Bryson DeChambeau to win the US Open
The guy just won the US Open in 2020 at another historic venue and led the last West Coast US Open. If Bryson shows signs of old Bryson in the winter or spring, he will be hot property by the summer. — SH

Collin Morikawa to win a major in 2023
I don’t love anybody to win the US Open as of now, but I do like Morikawa to contend on his home turf that week and in all the other majors, too. In 12 career major starts, Morikawa has finished T-8 or better six times, including his two victories. Even during his 2022 “slump,” he managed top fives at both the Masters and US Open, the latter of which he was leading after 36 holes before a third-round 77. Like Santana Moss, he’s a big-time player who steps up in big games. — CP

Dustin Johnson to win the US Open
Same story as Bryson: If DJ wins a LIV event and has a top 10 in either the Masters or PGA, expect him to be heavily tipped. — SH

Padraig Harrington to win the Open Championship
Let’s get weird. Paddy told us a few months ago he fully expects to have a few more major runs in him. He has added enough distance to contend with the young guns — look no further than his T-4 at the 2020 PGA. It seems like we’re due for an elder statesman to contend at The Open á la Tom Watson and Greg Norman, so why not the two-time Champion Golfer of the Year? — SH