Sobel’s John Deere Classic Preview: Expect Wolff, Hovland and Morikawa to Keep Rolling


Bill Streicher, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Collin Morikawa

Jul 11, 2019, 09:58 PM EDT
  • The 2019 John Deere Classic begins on Thursday, July 11 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.
  • Three of golf's brightest young stars: Viktor Hovland, Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff are among the favorites this weekend.
  • Jason Sobel previews the tournament and analyzes whether or not you should invest in the young guns.

Fresh off a victory from a 20-year-old, this feels like a good time to discuss age and its correlation to success in professional golf.

Many people within the game will recite the old line about how the ball doesn’t know how old the guy is who’s hitting it. That’s obviously true, but those same people also recite the line about golf being 90% mental — and you’d better believe that a 20-year-old and a 45-year-old own fairly disparate mentalities toward approaching the game.

Because of these specific differences, I’d argue that age doesn’t just matter, it’s an essential puzzle piece to finding success.

Most 45-year-olds can’t win by smashing driver at 100 percent speed and playing more aggressively than strategically. By the same measure, a 20-year-old can’t rely on situational experience to guide him through a final round, because, well, he doesn’t own any.

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