Out with the old and in with the new.
That is the brash message 23-year-old Patrick Reed and a bunch of other young pros are sending to their elders.
The old guys may be getting pushed out faster than they like. Tiger is nursing a bad back as he looks to win his first major in six years. Phil, while coming off a great year, hasn’t been able to put together two good rounds in a row. Westwood is still seeking his first major while Els (plus-12), Stricker (plus-14) and Furyk (plus-18) looked out of their league at the recent WGC-Cadillac Championship.
None of them are in the Top 75 in the race for the FedEx Cup.
Twenty players now average over 300 yards off the tee, and none of these old folks are anywhere near that distance, which makes it very hard for them to get up and down, both literally and figuratively.
Golf is looking more and more like a young man’s game and with that in mind, here is a ranking of the top young golfers, all of whom are still in their 20s, who will make their move in 2014.