Quick, name me the the one golfer in his early 20s that has finished in the top 5 each of the last two seasons in a major championship.
Nope, it isn't Rory McIlroy. Ryo Ishikawa hasn't done it. Neither has Rickie Fowler, Anthony Kim or Jason Day. The name you are searching for is Chris Wood, the youngster that is one letter away from sharing the same last name as youknowwho, and seems to play as well as Mr. Woods when he tees it up in his country's major championship.
The last two years Wood has had a great shot at not just competing in the British Open, but winning the darn thing. Last season at Turnberry he was a par away from making the playoff with Stewart Cink and Tom Watson, but hit a 9-iron over the green from 210 yards, made bogey and finished a shot back of the two PGA Tour veterans (Wood would later say, "I've never hit a 9-iron 210 yards in my life.").
So who is this 22-year-old kiddo from England? Well, not much, except arguably the best young golfer in the game.
This week at the European Tour's Celtic Manor Wales Open, Wood opened with a course-record 65. No, he hasn't won yet on the European Tour, but he is finding his game at just the right time, and will once again be in the field at the British.
The 6-foot-5 Wood was named rookie of the year on the European Tour last season, and has finished in the top 6 in his last three starts.
Don't look now, but if Wood keeps lighting up courses like this, we might see him competing against the Americans in the Ryder Cup. It is hosted on the same course Wood just broke the course record at on Thursday. Not a bad accomplishment to add to an already stunning resume.