Aug
15
2010
All the Tour’s Kids
By Stephanie Wei under General

Golf’s youth movement has been around for a while, but this week they’re making a statement. It’s their turn to say, “Hello, World.” We’ve been waiting for this for a while and tomorrow there’s a good chance a 20-something year old will walk away with the Wanamaker Trophy.

Excerpt from my closing post last night for WSJ:

Nick Watney gave himself some breathing room, taking a three-shot lead after shooting a six-under 66 in the third round of the PGA Championship. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are nowhere to be seen on the leaderboard going Sunday’s final round. But who needs the world’s number one and two when Watney, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Wenchong Liang, Jason Day and Martin Kaymer are the top six names?

And who do I think will win? Will Watney pull a Dustin Johnson? I’m not sure this course is hard enough for Watney to blow a three-shot lead.

I’m not sure if Watney can pull through mentally. (But he may have just enough between the ears to pull it off.) On Friday when another reporter asked if he thought he was capable of winning this major and Watney stared blankly for three seconds before he replied, “Um. Well, yeah, I feel like I’m definitely capable of winning.” Perhaps I misinterpreted, but it didn’t sound like he really believe what he was saying. Needless to say, I wasn’t convinced.

If I were a betting woman, I’d put my money on McIlroy. That kid has game.

But I wouldn’t mind seeing Wenchong Liang win either. Liang and Rory are playing together tomorrow and I’m stoked to follow them.

[Photo by Kyle Auclair/Insidetheropes.com]