2016 PDGA Disc Golf Pro Worlds Potential Champs

A breakdown of the top players heading into the 2016 PDGA Disc Golf Pro World Championships

With the 2016 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships only days away from getting underway, here is a quick breakdown of the top contenders heading into competition.

Cream of the crop: Paul McBeth and Richard Wysocki, Open Men’s Division; Catrina Allen and Paige Pierce, Open Women’s Division

You just can’t bet against McBeth these days. The world’s No. 1 ranked disc golfer has finished in the Top 3 in every tournament he’s competed in this season, with his last win coming at the European Open in June. Two of his victories have been in Disc Golf World Tour events.

Oh yeah, don’t forget that McBeth has won the PDGA World Championships four years in a row.

But if someone could unseat the defending champ, it’s Wysocki. The world’s No. 2 finished second at the European Open this season before taking first at the Beaver State Fling. Wysocki has seven tournament titles under his belt this season, with another three second place finishes.

The Pro Worlds have become McBeth and Wysocki’s personal battleground over the past two seasons. So far, McBeth has come away as the victor, with Wysocki finishing second both years.

But Wysocki will be hungry to break tradition this year.

In the Open Women’s Division, No. 1 Catrina Allen and No. 2 Paige Pierce are expected to battle it out for the title. Allen, the 2014 Pro Worlds champ, took 11 consecutive first place finishes before the HAIX Tali Open in May, where she finished second. She rebounded by taking first in the Beaver State Fling and Great Lakes Open in June.

A three-time Pro World’s winner and the defending champion, Pierce’s last title this year came at the WGE – Daisy Chains Women’s DG Tournament. She has finished in the Top 2 in every tournament this season.

Don’t forget about: Cameron Todd, Sarah Hokom and Valarie Jenkins

The Open Men’s Division is pegged as a two-man race between McBeth and Wysocki, with names like Will Schusterick and Nikko Locastro thrown around as wildcards that could spoil the party.

But keep an eye on Todd. The 2016 Glass Blown Open champion will have familiarity on his side, with the Pro Worlds being played on the very same courses as the GBO. Todd has struggled since taking home that title in April, but a return to friendly soil might be just what the doctor ordered.
No. 4 Jenkins won three straight Pro Worlds titles from 2007 through 2009, while No. 3 Hokom earned her first win at the tournament in 2012. Like in the men’s division, two names — Pierce and Allen — have dominated the Pro Worlds’ Open Women’s Division conversation the past few seasons. But don’t be surprised to see someone unexpected pull out a few surprises in Emporia in a few days.

How do I follow along?

Fans hungry to follow along will have several options.

SmashBoxxTV will provide live coverage of the Top MPO card via their YouTube page, while Jomez Productions will provide next day condensed coverage. Central Coast Disc Golf will provide commentary and round coverage of the chase MPO Card and top FPO card, and Marty McGee of Prodigy Disc Video will cover several of the top players.

You can also follow along via Dynamic Discs’ Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat accounts, and get live scoring on www.PDGALive.com. There is also the 2016 PDGA Disc Golf Pro Worlds Mobile App, which will allow fans to see a full schedule of events, set reminders, chat and share photos with others attending Pro Worlds, view a map of all event locations and sponsors, receive Push Notifications about important news from the event and much more.

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