All the young dudes
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Mott The Hoople sang it. Players such as Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia are living it in the golf world. Those two players -- along with Luke Donald and Geoff Ogilvy -- comprise a quartet of twentysomethings who currently rank in the world's top 10.
So, who's the best of the bunch? We called on our own four young dudes to answer that question and more.
The world's best player under 30:
Bob Harig, contributor, ESPN.com: ADAM SCOTT. Although he has yet to win a major, Scott is the highest-ranked under-30 player in the world at No. 4.
Ron Sirak, executive editor, Golf World: SERGIO GARCIA. Putting woes and lack of a major aside, El Nino still has an enormous amount of talent and still has the time for it all to come together.
Jason Sobel, golf editor, ESPN.com: GEOFF OGILVY. The proof is in the pudding. Or, more accurately, in the trophy case, where Ogilvy houses a U.S. Open trophy while Garcia, Scott and Donald still await their first major championship title. The Aussie was no fluky winner at Winged Foot, and he'll win at least three or four more majors before his career is over.
Brian Wacker, associate editor, GolfDigest.com: SERGIO GARCIA. For all the criticism Garcia receives, he's still ranked ninth in the world and has 12 career top 10s in major championships. Conversely, contemporary Adam Scott, fourth in the World Rankings, has just two top 10s in majors in only one fewer season as a professional.
The best U.S.-born player under 30:
Sobel: BEN CURTIS. The three-time champion and winner of the 2003 British Open has accomplished more before the age of 30 than any of his American peers. He may not have the most long-term potential, but right now he's the best of the bunch.
Sirak: LUCAS GLOVER. This is a work in progress, and as his game continues to mature he will blossom into a top-notch player. Not a guy who will be happy with moderate success.
Wacker: RYAN MOORE. The list is short and not exactly sweet when it comes to U.S. players under the age of 30, but Moore, at just 23 years old, has all the tools to have a very good future on tour. In 34 PGA Tour events since turning pro, he has five top 10s, including a pair of runner-up finishes. Expect his results to only get better in '07 and beyond.
Harig: RYAN MOORE. Only injuries have held him back this year.
Pick to win -- Chrysler Championship:
Sirak: J.J. HENRY. Even though the U.S. team lost the Ryder Cup, Henry came away a winner. He is going to build on that positive experience.
Wacker: VIJAY SINGH. He has just one victory this year, but that came in June. In what's been arguably his worst season in years, Singh has struggled with various parts of his game at various times. But he's played well of late with two top 5s in the last six weeks, including a T-5 at Disney last week.
Sobel: GREG OWEN. Owen returns to Florida, where he should have won a title seven months ago at Bay Hill. Perhaps more important, he jumps into the top 30 on the money list and knocks one Theodore Ernest Els out of a berth at East Lake.
Harig: RETIEF GOOSEN. Coming off a victory in China two weeks ago, Goosen gets his first victory on the PGA Tour this year at a tournament he won three years ago.