The youth movement on the PGA Tour

If you are a fan of the young golfers currently occupying the PGA Tour, then you surely have been a fan of the golf on display this past season. Jordan Speith, Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas capped off their summers with major championship victories (Jordan's 3rd and Brooks and Justin's 1st) while many other young players entered the winner's circle. UT's own Cody Gribble secured his first PGA Tour victory, along with Mackenzie Hughes, Jon Rahm, Wesley Bryan, Xander Schauffele & Bryson DeChambeau, among others. We continue to see a record amount of rookie winners on the PGA Tour. Why is that? Are these kids just more fearless than previous generations? We largely believe it to be a combination of factors: a result of the grassroots efforts to grow the game of golf as well as providing access to tournament play at any age. Young golfers now also have a higher level of quality instruction at an earlier age and thus are more prepared for the situations that golf puts in front of you. This is evident when examining the depth of competition through high school, college golf and beyond.

We are looking forward to seeing the next crop of young players earn their way to the PGA Tour and achieve success on the highest level. Many of those players are currently on display in the Web.com Tour Finals on The Golf Channel. Here is your chance to meet these players before they start their PGA Tour journeys this fall!

-SW

Some thoughts before the PGA Championship

The final major of the year is upon us! The PGA Championship is always contested on fantastic venues all across the United States. What makes the PGA different from other major championships is that in addition to the world's best touring professionals, you will see 20 Club Professionals in the field as well, representing golf clubs from New York to California. These players earned their way into the field via their top-20 finish at the PGA Professional Championship a couple months ago. The full leaderboard can be seen here. Austin, Texas native and resident Omar Uresti, who returned to teach at Onion Creek Club after his playing career ended, won the PGA Professional Championship this year and will be teeing it up at Quail Hollow.

While you are watching the tournament, I recommend that you read about these club professionals and the clubs they represent. The PGA Championship is a great opportunity to remind us about all the work that our local teaching professionals put in on a regular basis for their members and clubs. The next time you are at a golf course or teaching facility, I recommend that you give a quick thank you to your local professional. They will appreciate to know that all the work they do helps to enhance someone's experience with the game of golf!

Enjoy the golf tournament and we will see you at The Golf School soon!

-SW