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YOUNG TALENT


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uch was expected from Knost after he pulled off the rarest of


feats: Winning two U.S. Golf Association events in the same summer. He captured the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Amateur Public Links in 2007, then turned pro after helping the U.S. team win the Walker Cup later


that year. Knost’s


decision was criticized since he forfeited his exempt spots into the Masters, U.S. Open, and British Open in 2008. Even though he’s never played in any of those tournaments since turning pro, he’s enjoying his best season in 2012. Knost tied for third at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, and took the lead into the final round of the RBC Heritage, where he again finished third. He’ll eventually get into those majors, and when he does, it will be worth the wait.


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evin might best be known for making a hole-in-one during the 2004 U.S.


Open at Shinnecock Hills, when he tied for 13th as a 19-year-old, the best Open finish by an amateur since 1971. But he’s quietly putting together a string of solid PGA TOUR seasons, none better than 2011, when he lost in a playoff at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, added five more top-10 finishes, and was 31st on the PGA TOUR money list, all career-highs. About the only thing Levin is missing is a victory; in his first 114 PGA TOUR starts, Levin had 12 top-10 finishes, so he’s accustomed to being in contention. He took a six-stroke lead into the final round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but lost it. Breaking through, it seems, is only a matter of time.





DANNY LEE (21) H became the


e’s finally starting to approach the promise he showed when he youngest U.S. Amateur


COLT KNOST (26) www.pgatour.com


champion in 2008. He made more history a few months later, becoming (at the time) the youngest European Tour winner when he won the Johnnie Walker Classic in Australia. Lee finished sixth on the 2011 Nationwide Tour money list (winning once, with a Tour-best eight top-10 finishes), punching his PGA TOUR ticket through that Tour. Born in South Korea, raised in New Zealand, and now living in Texas, Lee didn’t make a big splash over his first starts of 2012, but his potential is on the high side.


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