Golfing Young Guns To Watch Out For In 2014
Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson look sure to add further victories to their CV this season, but there are plenty of young guns ready to step up to the top level. (Photo: Reuters / Tim Rands)
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy look sure to add more victories to their tallies this year, but the value in golf betting often goes hand in hand with an ability to pick the next wave of superstars before they've fully caught the attentions of the bookmakers. With that in mind, here are four young guns that are definitely worth keeping an eye on this season.
It's hard to believe that Spieth won't be 21 until July, and his performances so far on the PGA Tour suggest future stardom. 35 events have yielded an amazing 18 top-25 finishes including four seconds and a victory in the 2013 John Deere Classic. A solid all-round game is exemplified by his ability to find a high percentage of greens in regulation and make a stack of birdies. A second place in Hawaii, and shooting nine under par whilst playing with Tiger Woods suggests a second win won't be far away - whilst an early major breakthrough isn't beyond the realms of possibility.
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Lewis looked to have the world at his feet after shooting 65 to tie for the first round lead in the 2011 Open. He then went onto claim the silver medal for leading amateur before winning the Portugal Masters on his 3rd professional start. Disappeared from the leaderboards until his 3rd place finish at the 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links, which saw him keep his Tour Card for 2014. A short game lesson from no less than Luke Donald was followed by a decent performance in Qatar. Driving accuracy and sand saves are currently letting him down, but he's still only 23.
The young Frenchman is only 21 and, after failing to gain his European Tour Card in 2012, he made no mistake in 2013. His rookie season promises much after a 6th placed finish in South Africa at the end of 2013 and his third round 64 in Qatar highlighted that further. Coached by Sabine Etchevers for 14 years, he ranked 10th in the Amateur World Rankings before turning pro. Current statistics suggest that finding greens in regulation and sand saves are his strengths. Driving distance and accuracy have room for improvement.
The 20-year-old South African went into many people's notebooks with a 10th placed finish in the 2013 BMW International. He didn't really build on that last season but made his first two cuts this season finishing 35th in the Nelson Mandela Championship and 19th in Abu Dhabi, suggesting he may progress again this season. Long off the tee and relatively accurate, he also ranks highly in greens in regulation. Putting appears to be his weakness.