Mens Pro Division – Who To Watch

Paul McBeth 2016 Pro Worlds

Paul McBeth

The 2016 disc golf World Championships in Emporia, KS will bring the best names in both Men’s and Women’s divisions. The defending champion, Paul McBeth, will attempt to defend his title against all comers in the Open Men’s. Paul has had a busy summer enjoying top finishes in three tournaments (28th Memorial Championship, La Mirada Open, European Open), five 2nd place finishes (Nick Hyde Memorial, Glass Blown Open, Konopiste Open, “Steady” Ed Memorial, European Masters), a third place finish (Beaver State Fling), and a lonely 12th place finish (Vibram Open). Despite only three wins, the four time defending champion will look to be the first Men’s Open competitor to win 5 consecutive World titles since the Champ himself Ken Climo notched 9 straight from 1990-98.

Ricky Wysocki 2016 Pro Worlds

Ricky Wysocki

Ricky ’Sockibomb’ Wysocki has been on fire this summer. Ten wins in tournament play thus far in 2016 alone. He also supplemented those with four 2nd place (La Mirada Open, GBO, European Open, and Delaware DGC), a single 4th place (Vibram Open), and one 6th place finish (28th Memorial). Wysocki has been so busy all summer in hopes of finally eclipsing McBeth for the Worlds win after coming up 2nd in three of the last four championships. The top two ranked men’s players in the world will be bringing their best throws to the table come August.

Will Schusterick 2016 Pro Worlds

Will Schusterick

Will Schusterick has felt similar success having finished 3rd in title tournaments two of the last four years, and never finishing out of the top 10 since McBeth’s dominance began. His summer yielded two 1st place (The Open at IDGC, Greater Hartford Open), and a 2nd place finish at the Jacksonville Open.

Nikko Locastro placed 3rd and 5th in the 2013 and 2015 championships, respectively. He’s notched four top 3 finishes this summer with a win at the St. Louis Open + WGE. Maybe in order to take down the reigning champion it will take a former champion to do so.

Nate Doss could be looking to do just that. He is the last person to win a title since McBeth’s four straight. Having won his titles in 2005, 2007 & 2011, Doss is the only (McBeth aside) current top 10 world ranked player to have also won other than Barry Schultz who, having two Open wins in ‘03-’04, will be competing in the Master’s division be competing in Open as well. Nathan Sexton has a pair of 2nd place (28th Memorial Championship, Nick Hyde Memorial), and a 3rd place (Beaver State Fling) so far this season and looks to jump up a few spots this year after his T-10 finish in Pittsburgh just a year ago.

Another player looking to jump up some spots on the podium is Paul Ulibarri. His 4th place finish in the 2014 championships gave him a taste, and it’s safe to assume his T-7 finish last year wasn’t enough to satiate the appetite for a win. His eight top 5 placements this summer, with two wins (The Rumble, The Lynx), are indications he plans on sticking around this year.

Finally, the dark horse, Steve Brinster. A very quiet summer so far with only one top 5 finish (Greater Hartford Open-4th) may seem disconcerting for a title run, but last year’s 4th place Worlds finish means he could make some noise with a few solid rounds this year. One player who will not be on any card this year in August is 2008 winner Dave Feldberg. Feldberg had some early season success, 1st place in the Maricopa Meadows Open, but he has been kept off the course as of late with lingering health concerns.

The competition looks to be exciting come August 9th when the Mens Open division take to the Jones East Disc Golf Course in Emporia, Kansas. Be sure to check out the media coverage page so you can watch as it all unfolds.

Did we fail to mention a player that you think will win the Mens Open division for 2016? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

9 Comments

  1. James McLaughlin

    Don’t forget Ben Wiggins. He’s been tearing it up lately, and can hang with the best of them. Just ask Wysocki. 😎

  2. Jared Roan is top 3 for sure!!! He eats ball golf courses for breakfast! He set the course record at Swope Gold this year, second to Wysocki at St. Judes! He’s coming off a break! It’s his time!

  3. Nikko Locastro won the Women’s Global Event?

    • Some events combine their event with the Women’s Global Event. The women that play in an event count those scores toward the global event. So no, Nikko did not win the womens global event but, he won the St. Louis Open which was combined with the WGE.

  4. Ricky Wysocki WINS BY 4

  5. Kurt "FrizWiz" Lampkin

    As anticipated by all, this will be an epic, tight battle. As much as I would like to see Ricky win it all, it will be Paul Mcbeth again for his 5th World Championship Title. Wysocki should again be the runner-up. They are the two most dangerous, consistent putters on the planet!

  6. I mac the young stud coming for you all.

  7. Elisabeth Borg- Bowman

    There’s another World champ who knows these courses like no other: Eric McCabe!! I’d love to see him in the final four!

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