Emerging golfers could overshadow Tiger Woods

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If you are a sports fan anywhere across the globe, then you would have somehow stumbled across the name of Tiger Woods. He is the most successful golfer of all time and has a huge personality. However, there are some emerging youngsters who could potentially overshadow him.

With Tiger recently returning to the game after knee surgery, it’s like everyone is expecting him to be the same again!

The first player that could potentially take his crown or overshadow him is Jon Rahm. The Spanish golfer capped off last Sunday’s round with a win and an eagle on the last – it was a snaking sixty-footer as well as an eagle! Despite that being his first win on the PGA Tour, he has a lot of years ahead of him and could be an extremely hard player to play against in the near future.

Jon has really made a name for himself, as former Europe Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn quoted: “Congratulations on your first PGA Tour win, when you win, you might as well do it in style! What a finish.”

Although Jon Rahm is coming on rapidly in leaps and bounds, Justin Thomas puts the icing on the cake when it comes to young talent with golfers. Justin carded a very rare fifty-nine in which he played alongside the world number six Jordan Spieth- an extremely talented player if you ask anyone who plays golf.

Justin is just twenty-three however, he is already eighth in the official Golf World Rankings. Another reason why this young talent could be an exceptional player one day is because, in his emerging career, he has played with and against very good players. (The likes of Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson are brilliant players to play with and against because you learn so much from them. Both of their swings are amazing!)

Another reason why Tiger could be overshadowed is because he has been really rusty. After his knee surgery, it is taking the golfing sensation a long time to get back into the game. Carding seventy-six and seventy-two just isn’t brilliant. He has also been missing the cut a fair few times – for a world-class player that just is nowhere near good enough!

By his own high standards, Tiger has been looking, shall we say, rather shabby. If he doesn’t pick himself up out of this dark place soon, he could be finding that emerging players are taking his place.

However, everyone knows to fear a wounded tiger.


Will, YJA Sports Correspondent

Senior Young Journalist

Year 6, Heighington Millfield Primary Academy