“I wouldn’t be shocked going ahead if you find yourself getting a first-time winner in some unspecified time in the future or numerous younger guys which are in a position to do it,” Spieth stated final week.
Spieth stated Augusta Nationwide’s extraordinarily hilly terrain, a characteristic that’s onerous to understand from watching the occasion on tv, may particularly profit youthful gamers.
“Actually, it’s a troublesome stroll, it’s one of many hardest walks on tour,” Spieth stated of Augusta Nationwide. “Bodily, it may possibly take a toll. So you’ll assume that guys which are of their mid-20s can be in the most effective place bodily.”
Different less-than-household names inside golf’s youth motion could have escaped the eye of informal golf followers however are nonetheless worthy contenders this week. Foremost in that group is Sungjae Im, 23, of South Korea, who was the PGA Tour rookie of the 12 months in 2019 and tied for second in his Masters debut final 12 months. No Asian has gained the Masters, though that has not stopped Im from dreaming of a Korean-style menu that shall be served on the annual champions-only dinner the 12 months after he wins the event.
“Marinated ribs, in fact,” he stated in November with a smile.
Change, just like the passing of a torch from era to era, is within the air on the Masters regardless of the event’s popularity for time-honored traditions. And golf followers could already be warming as much as the makeover happening on the prime of the leaderboards.
With the tv viewership declining for different sports activities these days, the rankings for PGA Tour occasions this 12 months have elevated by 10 to twenty %, and a few in golf credit score the surge to the growing prominence of what Jim Nantz, the longtime CBS broadcaster, known as “the brand new brigade.”
“We’ve arrived at some extent now the place we don’t need to depend on simply Tiger,” Nantz stated final week. “Everyone knows how huge his presence is — perhaps he comes again someday, that’s not what we’re addressing right here. However how does the game transition to a time when he isn’t on the prime of the sport?”