Young people are taking over - Trends-Tendances sur PC

Young people are taking over – Trends-Tendances sur PC

Australian Cameron Smith’s victory at the recent St. Andrews ‘The Open’ confirmed both the rise of the new generation and the current balance of power in world golf. In 2022, the four winners of the Grand Slam tournaments were all under the age of 30. Scottie Scheffler (26) won the Augusta Masters, Justin Thomas (29) won the PGA Championship, Matthew Fitzpatrick (27) won the US Open and Cameron Smith (28) lifted the Claret Jug…

Australian Cameron Smith’s victory at the recent St. Andrews ‘The Open’ confirmed both the rise of the new generation and the current balance of power in world golf. In 2022, the four winners of the Grand Slam tournaments were all under the age of 30. Scottie Scheffler (26) won the Augusta Masters, Justin Thomas (29) won the PGA Championship, Matthew Fitzpatrick (27) won the US Open and Cameron Smith (28) lifted the Claret Jug. This is obviously a strong signal that proves how much the “Next Gen” is taking power. In the past, with a few exceptions (Severiano Ballesteros, Tiger Woods, etc.), it was more around the age of 30-35 that champions reached maturity, as if they had to prove themselves beforehand. This is no longer the case today: in the world top 10, there are now a whopping eight players under the age of 30: Scottie Scheffler, Cameron Smith, Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland and Matthew Fitzpatrick. And the trend is not very different up to the top 20. In this context, Rory McIlroy (33 years old) and Dustin Johnson (38 years old) are almost old! This triumphant youth in a sport often considered “old” obviously reshuffles many cards. Today, at the start of each major competition, the contenders for the coronation jostle on the No. 1 tee, to the great despair of the bookmakers! It is enough to be convinced of it to take a look at the prize lists of the major tournaments. Of the last 20 Grand Slams, there are 17 different winners. Only Brooks Koepka and Collin Morikawa have won more than once. And to think that between 1997 and 2007, Tiger Woods won 13 Majors alone! Several factors explain this (r)evolution. The eight “young” members of the world’s top 10 have all gone through American university, a veritable breeding ground for champions where the level of preparation (technical, physical and mental) is increasingly professional. At the same time, the way of playing has greatly evolved. Modern champions have become real athletes who, thanks to ultra-sophisticated equipment, catapult drives over 300 meters. We saw it again during The Open where, on the Old Course, many players attacked the par 4 greens with a drive, flying over all the bunkers on the course! At the finish, Cameron Smith won the tournament at -20 (a new record at St. Andrews) and more than 70 players finished the tournament under par!

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