Thirteen different majors, 13 different champions. Seven straight majors, seven straight first-time winners. Not only has parity overrun golf, but so has the youth movement. Five of the last six major champions have been in their 20s when they won, proving it’s not a matter of experience so much as a matter of timing.
While the FedEx Cup isn’t a major, it is the one thing in golf that seems to buck the aging trend of the sport.
No FedEx Cup winner has come in under 31, which is how old Tiger Woods was when he took the first edition of the season-long race in 2007. Since then, Woods at 33 and two 40-somethings – 45-year-old Vijay Singh in 2008 and Jim Furyk barely in his 40s last year – have won the $10 million bounty.
In three weeks at East Lake, though, the FedEx Cup could have its youngest winner. Looking at the current top-10 in the standings after the Deutsche Bank Championship, half the players in it are under 31. Three of the top-six, including Nos. 1 and 2 in Webb Simpson and Dustin Johnson, are in their 20s. Jason Day joins them in sixth at 23 with the potential to become the first FedEx Cup winner not to take a trophy all season.
On the other end of the spectrum the odds are not good to crown a winner at East Lake older than Vijay in 2008. That is, of course, unless Vijay wins again. He sits 14th in the ranking and is now 48.