This last week, 23-year-old Patrick Reed won the Cadillac Championship with a one shot victory over a field made up of many veterans; notables including Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. He went back and forth with ties for first during the final round, but ultimately pulled out the victory to make this his second win of the season, and his third win dating back to this past August. After winning the Cadillac Championship, Reed was quoted saying, “I’m one of the top five players in the world. I feel like I’ve proven myself.”
Already on tour this season, two players combined have won 5 PGA tour events, Jimmy Walker (three wins) and Patrick Reed (two wins), while veteran Tiger Woods wore his Sunday red for the first time this week, after missing cuts in previous tournaments this 2014 season and having to withdraw last week due to back spasms.
Reed (23) and Walker (35) are the latest young and rising stars to win on the PGA tour. Other notable wins by newcomers include Harris English (24) winning in Mexico last November grabbing his second win in 6 months, along with Jordan Speith (20) winning last July, and starting this year off hot by giving himself three great chances to win.
But winning is getting harder, even for the players who are used to winning a lot. Each season the PGA tour seems to bring a new group of talented and young players who have a lot of skill and no fear. 10 out of the last 17 wins on the tour this season have been players in there 20s.
With the Masters being only a month away, and the field being stronger than ever, the green jacket is up for grabs. Are we going to see Adam Scott put the green jacket on a player in his 20s, or on a guy with a little more experience like Tiger Woods?
With the first of the four majors approaching quickly talk on whether or not Tiger Woods will be able to surpass Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 majors is beginning again but being 4 shy of 18, time may not be on Tiger’s side.
For me, I would love to see Tiger Woods walk away from Augusta wearing his 5th green jacket but with the back spasms that caused him to withdraw from a recent tournament and the obvious pain he was in at the Cadillac Championship the odds of him playing pain free for four rounds are not looking to be in his favor.
The masters is the most exciting time for avid golf fans, with 30 days to go fans are making their picks and choosing their champions. Will it be a young rising star, or will we see Tiger Woods collect his 15th major win.
Who do you have winning in April?