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It's all well and good that the 40-somethings showed signs of life in 2003, but what the tour really needs is for the younger generation to take the reins in 2004. Golf needs the 20-somethings desperately. The PGA Tour needs guys like Chad Campbell, Jonathan Byrd, Sergio Garcia, Charles Howell III and Adam Scott to take their games to the next plateau this season. Otherwise, we're going to be talking about the same cast of characters for the next five years. And that's bad for golf.
These guys aren't kids anymore, you have to remember. They're peers of Tiger Woods, who turned 28 a few days ago. Most of the players we're talking about are four or five years into their careers and should be ready to take that next step.
A couple of years ago, a handful of young players earned their first victories, only to follow that up with disappointing seasons in 2003. Now it's time for a few of these guys to produce multi-win seasons or contend in majors. They're a talented bunch, and here's hoping they're ready to showcase that talent week in and week out on tour.
|Jay Haas turned 50 last month, but showed in 2003 he can still hang with the best of the best.|