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WGC Cadillac-Trump DoralThe way things are going this year on the PGA Tour the only guy with an association to this number who has not been in contention is Kiefer Sutherland.

At this week’s WGC Trump Championship it is soon to be 24 year-old Patrick Reed leading by two going into the final day at the vastly improved, better than ever before, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, Trump Doral Blue Monster.   Patrick has won twice on the tour, with another six top tens, in the last 12 months and cashed in just under $4 million for his efforts.  Currently 44th in the World Ranking and rising.

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Last week it was 24 year-old Russell Henley putting the smooch on the crystal at the Honda Classic, he outlasted another 1989 phenom Rory McIlroy in a four-way playoff at PGA National.  He too has won twice in the last year, with four other top tens, and added about $3.2 million to his bank accounts along the way.  Currently 46th in the World Rankings.

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The week before at the WGC Match Play it was the Australian Jason Day and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, who together average about twenty four and a half, playing an awe inspiring five-hole playoff to decide that championship in 23 holes.  Fourth in the World Golf Rankings, Day is an old man at 26 with two tour wins and close to $16 million in winnings on the PGA Tour since he toddled on the scene as an 18 year-old.  Dubuisson, looking like Johnny Depp (who the wife insists is forever 24), has won the Turkish Open, took second in the WGC Match Play, third in DP European World Championship, and fifth in the Volvo Golf Champions racking up about two million  euros in the last six months in European Tour events.

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Harris English, also 24, won at St. Jude and Mayakoba in the last year along with 13 other top ten finishes.  Winning close to $6 million over that period he is currently 3rd in the FedEx Cup standings.  This 24 year-old looks like a lock for an American Ryder Cup Team position.

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Better equipment, rigorous fitness, stiff competition at a very early age, and absolutely no sense of awe of their elders on the PGA Tour has these young guys feeling their oats and winning repeatedly before the age of 25.

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It is obvious, these young guys do know Jack…….who happens to be returning to Fox on May 5th for a ninth iteration….24: Live Another Day.….

March, 2014

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