Dan Geraghty picks out three big priced youngsters to follow during round one of this week's PGA Tour event in Mexico...
"Cameron Champ has a unique, must watch swing; it'll be great to see how he fares in the starts he gets this coming season."
There appears no draw advantage this week, the temperatures around 28 degrees all day and the wind looks like it will consistently be around 10mph throughout. You've a fighting chance wherever your fancy is drawn.
Wyndham Clark finished 17th when last seen on the PGA Tour two weeks ago at the Sanderson Farms Championship; it was the best performance of his short career thus far and he backed it up by taking medallist honours at the second stage of Q school in California last week; Clark was 17 under and four shots clear of second. The American was a standout college golfer and his early performances as a pro are certainly catching the eye.
The Official Golf Ranking website lists the best two performances of Jordan Niebrugge's career to date as the 2015 Open Championship and 2017 US Open. The youngster is clearly comfortable on the big stage. Given his 2015 Open performance as an amateur, his professional career thus far has perhaps been a little disappointing. However, there have been flashes of excellence and he appears in good form right now - he was second on the Canadian tour last time out and qualified for this week's event by taking medallist honours at Monday qualifying, shooting an unequalled 66.
Finally, this week sees the professional debut of Cameron Champ, and while this week's OHL Classic course doesn't appear absolutely ideal for the bombers, I couldn't let Champ go unmentioned. The young American led the field in driving distance (337.3) when competing as an amateur at this year's US Open and his ball speed clocks in considerably faster than anyone that competed on the PGA Tour last season. His is a unique, must watch swing; it'll be great to see how he fares in the starts he gets this coming season.
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