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NatPost Column: When Tiger's Away, the Kids Can Play

My latest National Post column looks at a handful of young guns that could take advantage of Tiger Woods’ knee injury. Truthfully, of the group, only Anthony Kim strikes me as having the goods needed to challenge Tiger. The column can be found here.

Anyway, here’s a taste:

Wanted: A new bright young face with talent and personality willing to step into the spotlight on the PGA Tour. While the limelight may only last six weeks, this unique opportunity only comes infrequently, so interested applicants need to elevate their games starting today at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship in Texas.

If there was ever an opportunity for a young gun to step up and seize the spotlight in professional golf, it is now, with Tiger Woods’ surgically repaired knee keeping him off the course until at least Jack Nicklaus’s Memorial tournament in a month’s time.

We have already seen the pretenders come and go. Anyone remember David Gossett? Charles Howell III? While most golf fans still see the latter’s name on the leaderboard occasionally, it is clear he is not the challenger that many thought he wouldd become. Sergio Garcia? He’s only a challenger to Woods if he can stop shaking over the ball long enough to pull the putter back.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some stars in the making – golfers with the power and finesse to give Woods an occasional run for the next big cheque. Expect to see a couple on this list at the Ryder Cup in September.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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