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CoverTwo 03-30-2014 06:52 PM

Future of USA Golf
 
What do you guys think about the future of American golf? I watch Morning Drive on Golf Central most mornings and a couple guys on there have been making good points that US golf is in transition where Tiger, Phil, etc etc are starting to "phase out" and there is a huge crop of young golfers up & coming. Have to say I like some of these new guys like Matt Every, Jordan Speith, Will MacKenzie, Chesson Hadley, etc etc.

Apparently there is a big time college player turning pro very soon too. Can't remember his name though.

Thoughts?

TKE226 03-30-2014 07:06 PM

Re: Future of USA Golf
 
We were spoiled by The Phil/Tiger era. Tiger is nowhere near where he was. Phil is still Phil, but he is getting older. It will be tough to compare to those years where Tiger and Phil were killing it.

Of the guys you listed, I only know of Speith. Hes a good player. And there are a good number of good players out there from the US. Hopefully they can get good quick. I just cant see it getting to the "dominant" level. These guys need Ryder Cup experience. I always look at those type of events as a gauge for US golfers.

ShutTheSuccop 03-30-2014 08:45 PM

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Willy Mac had been around for quite a while...I have played with him twice and he is one hell of a nice guy and I am so glad to see him playing well again! Spieth may be the next big name once he starts to win a little more! I fir one enjoy the lack of a dominant player as it makes watching a little more interesting with all the unpredictability! I would add DJ to your list as well

GoldenSpur7 03-30-2014 09:09 PM

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Whatever happened to Sean O'Hair, Anthony Kim, and Rickie Fowler, lol? The situation is fluid, I think. Dominant players will be few and far between in the future.

GarnetBlack&Blue 03-30-2014 10:03 PM

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Originally Posted by CoverTwo (Post 4124600)
What do you guys think about the future of American golf? I watch Morning Drive on Golf Central most mornings and a couple guys on there have been making good points that US golf is in transition where Tiger, Phil, etc etc are starting to "phase out" and there is a huge crop of young golfers up & coming. Have to say I like some of these new guys like Matt Every, Jordan Speith, Will MacKenzie, Chesson Hadley, etc etc.

Apparently there is a big time college player turning pro very soon too. Can't remember his name though.

Thoughts?

that kid from UCLA? Patrick Cantlay? He's good, really good, but I don't think I've heard much from him in a while.

kabercr2 03-30-2014 11:55 PM

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Really like Anthony Kim, wish he could get it turned around.

rrsandersjr 03-31-2014 12:27 AM

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I almost think that there are too many talented young golfers. There are dozens of golfers who could win each week making it hard to develop a large and enthusiastic following ala Palmer, Nicklaus, Watson, Mickelson or Woods. There were only a handful of golfers that could realistic challenge those guys in their prime. It seems like there is a new golfer either winning or contending each week.

SClawman 03-31-2014 01:03 AM

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Kid on Carolina's team, Matt Nesmith, from North Augusta was the top rated junior player in the world in 2012. He played in a PGA event as an amateur but didnt make the cut. Haven't followed his career at Carolina. Believe he's a sophomore. His home course he grew up playing on is Houndslake here in Aiken. I have a former co-worker that knows him well and has played with him many times at Houndslake says he has big time talent and could be on the tour in a few years.

treys1986 03-31-2014 07:52 AM

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There are a lot of quality young American players on the tour right now. This is just my personal opinion, but I believe that the depth of American golfers is better now than it was say 9-10 years ago. It used to be Tiger and then everyone else. Now, there are a lot of players that can win any time they tee it up.

RoosterBooster 03-31-2014 08:47 AM

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Difference between Phil and Tiger and a lot of their contemporaries is how much they love the game. For Tiger it is the competition, for Phil I think it is the game and its history. There are so many young talents that make so much money so quickly their focus changes. It was a lot easier to stay motivated when 72k was all you banked for a major.

CoverTwo 03-31-2014 01:00 PM

Re: Future of USA Golf
 
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Originally Posted by ShutTheSuccop (Post 4124756)
Willy Mac had been around for quite a while...I have played with him twice and he is one hell of a nice guy and I am so glad to see him playing well again! Spieth may be the next big name once he starts to win a little more! I fir one enjoy the lack of a dominant player as it makes watching a little more interesting with all the unpredictability! I would add DJ to your list as well

Yeah I do too but I'm really excited about some of these young guys that are starting to show up on the big stage. Ryder Cup is going to be interesting for sure.

CoverTwo 03-31-2014 01:01 PM

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Originally Posted by GoldenSpur7 (Post 4124849)
Whatever happened to Sean O'Hair, Anthony Kim, and Rickie Fowler, lol? The situation is fluid, I think. Dominant players will be few and far between in the future.

O'Hair pops up on leaderboards every now and then. Same with Charles Howell III.

Kim fell off the map. Did he get hurt?

Ricky is having a pretty decent start. He usually turns it up when the majors come around. Definitely one of my favorite players to watch.

CoverTwo 03-31-2014 01:02 PM

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Originally Posted by GarnetBlack&Blue (Post 4124986)
that kid from UCLA? Patrick Cantlay? He's good, really good, but I don't think I've heard much from him in a while.

That may be who I was thinking of.

mc4usc 03-31-2014 01:11 PM

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The kid you're thinking of is Patrick Rodgers from Stanford. Patrick Cantlay turned pro over a year ago and actually has PGA TOUR status (injured his back so he's out).

ShutTheSuccop 03-31-2014 01:12 PM

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here are the rankings for the junior golfers

http://www.ajga.org/RankingDBNew/


there was an AJGA event in Columbia this past weekend

Jim Lahey 03-31-2014 01:12 PM

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I think the future is very bright. Rickie Fowler has been going thru some swing changes this year and should return to form in 2015. Jordan Speith is only 20 years old and a great talent. Patrick Reed, from North Augusta, has already won 3 times including a WGC event. Chesson Hadley won for the first time a few weeks back. Everyone knows Dustin Johnson is a beast. Matt Kuchar is destined to win a major sometime soon. This years Ryder Cup team is going to look very different. If Phil and Tiger can get healthy we should have a very strong team.

CoverTwo 03-31-2014 01:40 PM

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Originally Posted by mc4usc (Post 4125215)
The kid you're thinking of is Patrick Rodgers from Stanford. Patrick Cantlay turned pro over a year ago and actually has PGA TOUR status (injured his back so he's out).

That's the guy. Thanks man.

GarnetInChicago 03-31-2014 02:52 PM

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I'm only just over the past year really starting to get into golf (playing and watching). So I don't have any real opinion here, but it seems to me that having a few guys really step up and be the consistent stars would be good for the sport.

GoldenSpur7 04-01-2014 08:57 PM

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Originally Posted by CoverTwo (Post 4125212)
O'Hair pops up on leaderboards every now and then.

He struggled last year. I thought he might develop into a top player, now I have doubts about that. I root for the guy because of his background - you should google the stories about him and his crazy father.
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Kim fell off the map. Did he get hurt?
He ruptured his achilles in '12, and I still don't think I've heard anything about him since.


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