Few sports events are held in the United States as resolutely as the Masters Tournament. This is a week-long dedication event, mainly dedicated to piano-themed marketing materials, polo and khaki ensembles, and high-definition flora. If the 2019 Masters provides us with an opportunity for apex patriotism, and Tiger Woods triumphs and finally wins in the Georgian Pines, then the 2020 Masters will have enviable potential on the leaderboard. , Including a lot of red, white and blue.
Only four of the top 15 golfers in the world were born in the United States, which is very unusual in itself. But Americans are also very young: 7 out of 11 are under 30. From 2000 to 2019, on average only two American golfers under 30 entered the Masters, ranking in the top 1
The uniqueness of this group of players is the speed they improve. 21-year-old Matthew Wolff became the third person to win the NCAA personal title and PGA Tour championship in 2019. He also became the eighth person to win the championship in less than five games since 1970. The players started. The 23-year-old Collin Morikawa can win his first victory in just six games. He is the third youngest golfer to win the PGA Championship. This is only his second start in a major tournament.
These two became Jordan Spieth (Jordan Spieth), the youngest American golfer since at least 2000, and entered the US Masters Week ranking in the top 15 in the world.
However, they are not the only Americans under 30 to watch this weekend. Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, and Justin Thomas have all been ranked among the number of real shots in data golf over the past two years. top ten. And, one of the best Americans won’t even play: Despite ranking 13th, Daniel Berger was eliminated after being eliminated in the qualifiers in March. But compared to the tour (measured by the number of real shots obtained), his performance ranked fifth in the world in the past year.
Thomas, 27, has measured the stability of the United States over the past five years. He is the highest ranked among Americans under the age of 29, and has been in the top 10 for the past 159 weeks. In many ways, Thomas has become the Spieth that golf experts are looking forward to: a mid-stream who has always been in a competitive state in the battle, pillaring the younger generation of American golfers. According to data from Data Golf, from 2016 to 2020, no golfer will win more expected victories than Thomas.
Then there is DeChambeau, who is the defending U.S. Open champion, who attracted the attention of the sport by accusing the norms, photographers and weight gain standards. For a very long time, due to weak conditions, big hitters will dominate the field-there is no bigger hitter than DeChambeau, and DeChambeau will pick corners from the tee that the professionals have never considered. However, although his power surge is unprecedented, he has been an above-average driver for many years. He is not always the best on the green, and his performance here has been greatly improved.
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Last season, DeChambeau averaged 0.658 strokes per round with a flat baton, which was one of the highest points on the tour and his third consecutive season improvement.
To say the least, this is a fun time to play golf in the United States. Thousands of Americans flocked to golf courses during the pandemic in search of safe outdoor activities. According to reports, President Trump learned that he lost the golf course in the 2020 presidential election. American golf courses are also home to some of the smartest professional golfers on the planet.
The 84th American Masters was pushed to the fall for the first time ever, and it included many usual suspects: a green coat that looked like musty and the velvety voice of Jim Nantz (Jim Nantz). However, if the world golf rankings show any signs, then the game starting on Thursday may include the coronation of one of the many young Americans who are pushing the sport forward.