Pro golfers have been going younger by the day.
This year it entered new frontiers as 23-year old XanderSchauffele won the Tour Championship, making it the most youthful year of the PGA Tour.
Rory McIlroy is only 28 years but he is close to the other end of the age spectrum. He is seeking his first victory in 2017 as he hosts the British Masters. He is above the average age of the top 10 in the playoff standings already as the game goes younger by the day. The Northern Irishman would have to be at his best to fight off the young and hungry players.
In the game these days, veterans and established players are finding it more difficult to win competitions even though it is still possible. In the US, the youngest mean age of winning players dropped to under 29. It would have gone lower if not for wins of 41-year olds Pat Perez and HenrikStenson before 48-year old Rod Pampling took the range further. In the Presidents Cup, around half of the team are below 27 years, hinting at the direction of the game.
This is a variation from the norm in the time past where pro golfers were in their prime at 30 years and beyond, with their experiences and calm nature giving them an edge over their younger opponents. The famous Sir Nick Faldo won his first major at 30 – and he added five more before he retired.
The US Open winner Brooks Koepka won the title at 27 while Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas who are making waves with their Tour and FedEx Cup wins are 24 years. The younger talents are keen on shaking up the scene and they are doing it quickly.