Humans always seem drawn to the shiniest new things whether it’s smartphones, sports cars or robot vacuum cleaners. Our attraction to the freshest faces in golf is no different.
Recent late-qualifying Masters rookies Will Zalatoris and Robert MacIntyre – both 24 years old and loaded with promise – made a big splash with their performances at Augusta National. Zalatoris seemingly arose from nowhere and with no status to finish runner-up by a skinny stroke. MacIntyre, who guaranteed his Augusta return with a T12, has been a steadily rising Scottish lefty who first turned global heads with a T6 in his major debut in the 2019 Open Championship.
They were two of the last three players to earn berths in the Masters at the final top-50 deadline. The third player, however, didn’t draw as much attention despite his dramatic bum rush of the gates at Magnolia Lane from relative oblivion a few weeks earlier and his own daily presence on the leaderboards and T12 finish.
Brian Harman celebrates after winning the 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur. P...
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