When Lucas Glover won the U.S. Open last week he became one of two people, the other Trevor Immelman, with a major under the age of thirty. There have been countless young golfers hailed as the next great but none of them have been able to follow through to this point. Professional golf has become a sport that is being dominated by players in their thirties and forties. This is mostly due to the change in the way players approach health and fitness, as compared to earlier generations.
Thanks to Tiger Woods, who came on the scene and dominated, players are taking fitness and diet to a new level. When someone who has been on tour for twenty years is in great shape and is playing against a teenager he has a huge advantage. This has also helped reduce the number of injuries.
There are a number of young players that have the opportunity, with some experience, to become top tier professionals. Rory McIlroy, aged 20, and Anthony Kim, 24, are currently the top two young golfers in the world and have the best opportunity to become the next great stars. Only time will tell if they are able to live up to their potential but the PGA Tour is hungry for a young star to come out of the shadows.