Sportsdesk | November 18, 2013
Henrik Stenson was dominant in dispatching the field at the DP World Tour Championship yesterday. He figuratively lapped his competitors in constructing a tournament-record round of 25-under 263, capped at the 18th hole of the final round in the most emphatic way possible – with an eagle.
Behind Stenson’s dispaly, Ian Poulter could merely put together a 19-under 269 and stand back in awe of who he called the ‘hottest player on the planet’.
But overlooked amid all this is that both Stenson and Poulter are 37. By no means is that a much advanced age for a sport like golf, and neither are going anywhere anytime soon, but with the European Tour looking like it’ll end its season in Dubai for some time, our John McAuley looks at five golfers under the age of 25 who just might themselves win the Race to Dubai in the future.
1. Victor Dubuisson: A surprise victory at this month’s Turkish Open thrust the 23-year-old Frenchman into the spotlight. Little was known about Dubuisson before he trumped a stellar field in Antalya, but his cool temperament and ability to bomb the ball suggests he will be around for some time yet.
2. Matteo Manassero: The Abu Dhabi ambassador holds a number of distinctions despite his tender years, and at age 20 already has four European Tour victories under his belt. Needs to gain a little in length off the tee, but the rest of his game falls into the A-Grade category.
3. Peter Uihlein: Seems strange to offer an American as a potential European No 1, but the 24-year-old Challenge Tour graduate is swimming against the tide and spending most on his time on this side of the Atlantic. Proved his pedigree with a two-stroke win in Portugal in May.
4. Thorbjorn Olesen: The 23-year-old Dane has all the tools to hang around the top echelons of the game, and is a marketing dream, too. Marked breakthrough year last season with victory in Sicily, and followed with a runner-up finish in the strongly contested Alfred Dunhill Links.
5. Tommy Fleetwood: Having held his nerve in the play-off at the Johnnie Walker Championship, the young Englishman seems set for a sparkling career. Fleetwood, 22, has gradually become comfortable on the main European circuit, and certainly has the skill set to continue to light up the leaderboard.