Best Americans Under 25
By Rick Lipsey
It may seem as if every rising young golfer comes from somewhere else particularly Australia or South Africa but Uncle Sam's cupboard isn't
bare. In addition to the promising young Americans who have already
emerged (Anthony Kim, Kevin Na), there are some serious up-and-comers
waiting to break through. Here are our picks for the top 10 American golfers under the age of 25.
10. Tony Finau, 18Stats: Finau is part of the rapidly growing group of Tour-seeking teenagers who are eschewing college. Finau turned pro this spring after graduating from West High in Salt Lake City. His resume included a Utah amateur, a Utah schoolboy crown and a runner-up at the Junior PGA, where he Monday qualified, made the cut and led the field in driving distance with a jaw-dropping 331.6-yard average. After playing Nationwide and European tour events this summer, Finau and his 17-year-old brother, Gipper, are hoping to accomplish the improbable and make it through all three stages of the Tour's Q-school.
Skinny: Aside from prodigious power, Finau's best asset is a realistic attitude. He seems patient and sounds like he understands that it might take a few years in the minors to develop into a Tour-quality player.