There’s a new generation of superstars ready to take over the leaderboards on the PGA Tour. That comes with no surprise. It’s not going to happen overnight, but at some point, there are going to be younger players replacing their older, wiser peers, such as Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, and even Tiger Woods, who have been in the top ten world rankings for years. The vets are still forces to be reckoned with, but it also stems from years of experience playing on Tour.
I like the hype around Rory Mcilroy. He’s the 19-year-old teen phenom from Ireland he surprised the field by reaching the quarterfinals at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play. The pundits are calling McIlroy Golf’s Next Big Thing, a tough title to live up to, but from what I’ve seen, he’s got what it takes.
Why? He’s confident yet not cocky. He’s calm and charismatic. He’s poised under all the pressure and publicity. He’s a breath of fresh air. Not to mention, he has a regularly updated homepage and blog, which wins him extra points for interacting with his fans via Web 2.0. Now, if we can get him to start Twitter, he’s all set..
Mcilroy’s first win may not come this week or the next, but if he keeps playing his game, it won’t be long ‘til he becomes the PGA Tour’s youngest winner.