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Generation Next
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Golf’s future is bright with the emergence of young studs Justin Thomas, left, Jordan Spieth, center, and Rickie Fowler.
Many of golf’s biggest stars are in their 20s, and despite competing on the links, many are quite friendly off the course
When 24-year-old Justin Thomas walked off the 18th green at Quail Hollow as the winner of the PGA Championship in August, waiting for him on his way to the scoring office was Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. Smiles, handshakes and hugs abounded for the newly minted major championship winner. It was a gathering of “The Nexus” of the Next Generation of Golf, three of the best and brightest who have fully arrived and have taken over the reins of the game in the second decade of the 21st century. And in doing so, their play, their prospects and their presence signal that the Tiger Era is over. For the better part of 15 years, Tiger Woods ruled golf. With 14 major …
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