The athletic performances at the PGA Championship this last weekend showcased a breadth of talent that spanned from young golfers to seasoned familiar faces. Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods embodied this talent and the age gap, taking the number one and two spots, respectively, and drawing unprecedented crowds and attention to a rivalry we didn’t expect, but sure came to love.
One of the most impressive traits of Koepka is arguably his age – and the impossible skill that he has amassed within his career history. The 28-year-old Florida resident has taken the golf world by storm ever since his PGA debut in 2012. He’s swept up the scoreboards with top 10 major championship finishes eight times in the past four years – including three wins.
The youth of today are drawn to golf and utilize their time at universities and schools to better their games, and as a result, they enter the world with incredible experience. It seems likelier than ever for today’s young golfers to cultivate the skills that are required to become PGA level athletes. With the results of the 2018 PGA Championship, we’ve created a list of four of the top USA PGA golfers under the age of 30.
While Finau finished T42 in what was not his greatest demonstration of golfing skills, his track record is one that shouldn’t be ignored. This 28-year-old turned professional at the age of 17 and has shown strong talent and high scores in recent years. His growth is measurable in that he struggled in recent years to break into the top 10 during major championships but managed to reach the top 10 at the 2018 Masters, US Open, and The Open Championship. His T42 showing at the PGA Championship is the outlier.
This LA-born 27-year-old has been mostly flying under the radar. He had notable 2015 and 2016 performances at the PGA Tour Canada and Web.com Tour. His scorecards show a tendency to struggle on the front nine and recover on the back nine. During the PGA Championship, he was able to maintain his game to reach a T35 standing. We’ve got our eyes on you now, J.J.
Fowler is a familiar face in the world of golf. He was the number one amateur golfer in the world for 37 weeks in 2007-2008. In 2009, he entered the professional world. He was part of the seven-way tie for 12th place in this year’s PGA Championship. At 29, he has been a name-to-beat in golf for over a decade. He has a very strong history of placing in the top 10 of major championships, reaching (and tying for) places in the top 5 eight times in the past seven years. We know he’s still got tricks up his sleeve.
Despite being only 25 years of age, Berger had an outstanding performance at this year’s PGA Championship. He tied for 12th place with an overall score of -8. He won the FedEx St. Jude Classic back-to-back in 2016 and 2017 but failed to make the cut in 2018. He had a very impressive T6 finish in the 2018 US Open. We’re excited to see how he evolves as a player in coming years.
Remember, many top golfers play multiple sports besides golf – see Sports to Try Alongside Golf.