It’s easy to be lulled into thinking the PGA Tour is a perpetual stripe show, a place where every player hits bombs and makes birdies by the bushel and has everything from their courtesy car to their dry cleaning handled for them.
And there’s a lot of that.
It’s why we watch, why we appreciate that a relative handful of the millions of people who play golf can actually dictate what happens rather than look up from every swing and wonder where the ball is going.
When 20-year-old Joaquín Niemann deconstructs the Old White TPC Course at the Greenbrier on a Sunday, shooting a crisp 64 to win his first PGA Tour event by six strokes, it feels as if millennials are threatening to take the PGA Tour hostage. Niemann is now an official member of the new kids on the block, joining Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff and Viktor Hovland in what feels like the PGA Tour’s version of a boy band, none of them having reached their 23rd birthday.
Less than a year ago, Cameron Champ was the game’s newest sensation, the combination of his extraordina...
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