The average age of golf fans and viewers range somewhere between retired and the edge of a baby boomer... The average age on the top of the leader board at Torrey Pines... Under 30. The boys and girls who dreamt of being 'Tiger' and 'Player' are now flexing their skill, strength, and knowledge of the game (held in high regard reserved for 'tradition' and men in stiff suits) competing and winning their places at the top!
Has the era of Tiger passed after the first decade of the second Millenia? At the end of the FedEx year in 2010, and the beginning of 2011, it appears the youth with flashy belt buckles and a flare for course fashion have a leader board reply. There are a dozen players to keep your eyes on that may challenge Tiger with his goal of passing Nicklaus and his 18 majors. How quickly a fan's assumption of fate or destiny changes. We assumed that there was no one 'good' enough, 'talented' enough to challenge Tiger's dominating skills. Little did we realize the entourage of 'youth' brought up on Tiger golf. Their mission: to be better! And, so far... proving it!
Players on my list worth the watch: 1. Jhonny Vegas ; 2. Rory McIlroy; 3. Ricky Fowler ; 4. Hunter Mahan ; 5. Dustin Johnson; 6. Billy Haas; 7. Ricky Barnes ; 8. Ryo Ishikawa ; 9. Graeme McDowell (a smidgen above 30) .... The first 8 all under 30! I am pretty sure I will adjust my list, since it IS the beginning of the Season!
Ernie, Phil, Tiger, Padraig.... those are indeed looming steps you hear behind you of young players seeking to take your place on the pages of golf history!
I look forward of the 2011 FedEx Cup Season unfolding!
Come watch with me!