Will youth be served?

April 13, 2008

Snedeker_immelman As CBS flashed mug shots of each of Saturday’s featured pairings, nothing seemed out of the ordinary until the last twosome, Brandt Snedeker (left) and Trevor Immelman, whose pictures looked like they were ripped from the pages of a high school yearbook.
Immelman is 28, Snedeker 27. A quarter century ago it wasn’t all that unusual for a 20-something to top the Masters leaderboard. Fuzzy Zoeller was 27 when he won in 1979, and Seve Ballesteros was 23 when he won in 1980. They were followed in short order by Craig Stadler, 28 when he won in 1982; Seve again, 26 when he won in ’83; Bernhard Langer, 27 when he won his first green jacket in ’85; and Larry Mize, 28 when he chipped in to capture the ’87 Masters. But only two men have won the Masters in their 20s in the last 20 years: Tiger Woods, who did it four times starting at age 21, and Jose Maria Olazabal, who was 28 when he won the first of his two green jackets in 1994.