Top 25 players under the age of 25

By Jason SobelJanuary 11, 2012, 1:00 pm

The young guns are coming.

Scratch that. They’re already here.

In what was seemingly a weekly occurrence last year, some long-hitting kid with peachfuzz on his face and a library card in his wallet would stand toe-to-toe with the world’s best golfers.

The result would be a worldwide Battle of the Superlatives, with every observer spraining his thesaurus trying to put the youngster’s accomplishment into the proper perspective.

Until the next tournament, that is, when another young player would step forth and be noticed, only to be offered similar superlatives.

And for good reason. The current crop of players under 25 includes a U.S. Open champion (Rory McIlroy), a two-time major championship runner-up (Jason Day), a two-time European Tour winner as a teenager (Matteo Manassero), a global icon (Ryo Ishikawa) and a trendsetter (Rickie Fowler), to name a few.

There’s a virtual cornucopia of brilliant young talent in the golf world today, perhaps more than at any other point in decades. So what did we decide to do? Rank ‘em. That’s right. You’re about to click through a listing of the top 25 players under the age of 25.

If it sounds like a difficult proposition, you’re right. But we did it anyway.

Two things to know: First, the list is totally subjective. Is Sunghoon Kang really better than Oliver Fisher? That’s almost impossible to determine … but we still tried. Second, the list is completely fluid. Should Tommy Fleetwood have jumped into the mix following his strong season debut last week? Maybe, maybe not. The only thing certain is that whatever the list looks like this week, it will likely look much different a year from now, a month from now, or even a week from now.

With that in mind, here is’s Top 25 Under 25 in the current men’s game. You’ll know plenty of the names. Those you don’t know, remember. Because all 25 of ‘em have very bright futures in the game.

 Photo gallery: Top 25 players under the age of 25

The following list includes those who just missed cracking the top 25:


Kiradech Aphibarnrat, 22, Thailand

Floris de Vries, 22, Holland

Victor Dubuisson, 21, France

Tommy Fleetwood, 20, England

Branden Grace, 23, South Africa

Emiliano Grillo, 19, Argentina

Andreas Harto, 23, Denmark

Benjamin Hebert, 24, France

John Huh, 21, South Korea

Jin Jeong, 21, South Korea

Bio Kim, 21, South Korea

Kelly Kraft, 23, United States

David Law, 20, Scotland

Bryden Macpherson, 21, Australia

Corbin Mills, 21, United States

Anthony Paolucci, 19, United States

Andrea Pavan, 22, Italy

John Peterson, 22, United States

Patrick Rodgers, 19, United States

Jack Senior, 23, England

Shunsuke Sonoda, 24, Japan

Michael Stewart, 21, Scotland

Romain Wattel, 21, France

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

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Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.