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 GolfChannel.com’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:

THE NEXT 25 UNDER 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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