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A slew of great young players will descend upon Muirfield in an effort to strut their stuff, increase their experience on the world stage and perhaps even win.
That last part may be the hardest to accomplish, since Muirfield has a tendency to be won by seasoned veterans.
Still, while the names Jordan Spieth, Matteo Manassero, Ryo Ishikawa and Billy Horschel may be somewhat unfamiliar to fans, they are quickly becoming well known on the tour.
At 19, Spieth became the youngest player to ever win a PGA tournament last week and then made it into the Open Championship. Spieth, who played at the University of Texas, turned pro last year. He has finished in the top 10 six times this year and, as befits his youth, is very strong off the tee.
Manassero took the golf world by storm this year when he became the youngest player to win the BMW PGA Championship. In doing so, the 20-year-old Italian bested the likes of Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell, all guys he will see at the Open this week.
The BMW was his fourth title in four years. He may be just learning the ropes, but don’t be surprised to see him do well this weekend.
Ryo Ishikawa is only 21, but he turned pro five years ago. In that time, he has won numerous times on the Asian tour and came close to winning at last year’s Puerto Rico Open, where he finished second.
Ryo made news when he shot a 58 to win the Crowns title in Japan, carding the lowest official score on a major professional tour.
He is a sharpshooter who currently ranks second in greens in regulation from 150 yards. That may play to his favor as he tackles Muirfield this week.
Billy Horschel gained fame recently with his stellar play at the U.S. Open, where he led the field and finished in a tie for fourth.
Horschel turned pro in 2009, and now at 26, he has made his biggest mark in his career so far. He finished in the top 10 in the three events prior to the Open, so he comes to Muirfield on a bit of a hot streak.
Horschel has put up some great statistics so far this year, ranking 11th in scoring and total driving and within the top 25 in both greens in regulation and strokes gained-putting.
Look for Horschel to make an impact at Muirfield.