The Roaring 20s


You’ve got to love the young talent we are seeing emerge on the PGA Tour  this season. The then 20-year-old Rory McIlroy’s win at the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte kicked off a streak where we ALMOST saw three PGA Tour winners 22 years of age and younger win on Tour over the last six weeks – had 21-year-old Rickie Fowler held on down the stretch Sunday at the Memorial Tournament.

But nevertheless, flashy Fowler catapulted himself to the top of the leaderboard from Day 1 and stayed in contention throughout the week in Dublin, Ohio.

It’s certainly energizing the Tour in a year where golf’s biggest star has struggled. I’m excited, too, that this trend is not unique just to the PGA Tour or to the United States. McIlroy hails from Northern Ireland and 22-year-old Jason Day, winner of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, is from Australia.

And on the European Tour, 25-year-old rookie Rhys Davis of Wales (already a winner this year in Morocco) just posted his second runner-up finish in a row at the Celtic Manor Wales Open, finishing three shots behind 30-year-old Graeme McDowell. And with a win at the Memorial, England’s Justin Rose, 29, became the 10th player this year in his 20s to win on the PGA Tour.

I hope this trend continues throughout the season … and especially into the next major championship of the year.

Here’s to the roaring 20s!