So it’s another PGA Tour winner born in the 1980s, another excuse to dredge up our “New Young Gun” angle, and another chance to, yes, wonder if this young’un will be TNTC: The Next Tiger Challenger.
We’ve done this before this year. We wondered about D.J. Trahan after the Bob Hope, we wondered about J.B. Holmes after Phoenix, we wondered about Johnson Wagner after Houston and … well, wait. Let’s be honest. None of us wondered about Johnson Wagner after Houston. Nice win and all, it’s just that none of us thought of Johnson Wagner as TNTC. Not even Johnson Wagner.
If we’ve been down this well-trod path before, and been disappointed so many times, then why does Anthony Kim’s win at Quail Hollow feel so different? Why does it feel like, yes, let’s say it: The Real Thing?
After all, there have been other candidates. David Gossett, a U.S. Amateur champion, won as a 22-year-old in 2001, back before Tiger went from Inter-Galactic God to Outer-Galactic God. But Gossett never cashed in. IfRead More »from The real thing