After Further Review: Youth being served on Tour

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Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on the continued dominance of young players on the PGA Tour, the dilemma facing U.S. Presidents Cup captain Jay Haas and the impact of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.


Rickie Fowler further strengthened the youth movement’s grip on the game’s biggest prizes with his victory Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Fowler won The Players Championship earlier this year and has now grabbed one of the FedEx Cup Playoff titles. With Jason Day winning the opening playoff event, the game’s young stars are going for a four-event sweep. These young guys are putting their fingerprints all over the majors, too. Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth have won five of the last six majors. Has the game ever felt younger? - Randall Mell


U.S. Presidents Cup captain Jay Haas is officially on the clock and his choices don’t appear any more clear than they were when the FedEx Cup Playoffs began. Haas will name his two picks for this year’s matches on Tuesday (which you can see on Golf Channel at 5 p.m. ET) with a wide range of potential players to choose from, including his son, Bill, who began the week holding down the 11th spot. Jay Haas, however, needs to look beyond traditional benchmarks for potential picks and to the future of American team golf, to players like Brooks Koepka. These are the players that will lead the United States in coming matches, like next year’s Ryder Cup, and the sooner they get started the better the U.S. will be. - Rex Hoggard


The FedEx Cup Playoffs aren't perfect. After nine years, we can all recite the flaws of the system. (You can win three of the four events and still lose the cup? Yep.) And the cut-off thresholds don't provide much in the way of drama. Will McGirt holing out to make the BMW counts as a highlight on the telecast, but he’s not drawing eyes to TVs, and no one is sweating Luke Donald's exit. Having said that (shoutout to Larry David), the playoffs maximize the potential for some of the best players to square off in what used to be a dead spot on the schedule. Jason Day asserted himself at the PGA and reasserted himself at The Barclays. Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson, two of the top 10 players in the world, went at it on Monday, and Fowler took another step forward in his career. That all seems like a win. - Nick Menta