- hairy j wrote:
- I watch a bit'of boxing and Mayweather always strikes me as someone who isn't what you'd think of as a boxer - he doesn't get hit. I can imagine some snaggle toothed local old boxing trainer at a boys club over here telling him to get stuck in. It took Murray to get a foreign coach before he became World Class - his coach told him to bulk up and he's now on a par with the top seeds. I don't really watch golf much but are there any up and coming English pros? The last one I heard of was Justin Rose but he's getting on now isn't he?
I haven't heard of any real outstanding English or British talent coming through, obviously there will be a few that make it as pro's without being superstars, but nobody that is being hailed as the next Tiger Woods.
In the States there is Jordan Spieth who is only 20 and has already won on the PGA Tour and had 8 top ten finishes. He's won over $3 million dollars and has won me a few quid backing him each way
Now he looks like he could be something pretty special but it's hard to say in golf as there are probably 50-75 golfers who could realistically win any tournament and plenty of golfers who just keep grinding away picking up prize money every week and are quite happy doing that rather than perhaps targeting the majors. I would think that he will win a major in the next 5 years which sounds a lot but is only 20 tournaments with the 50-75 possible winners in.
Golfers can have really great starts to their career and then disappear relatively but come back years later and start winning again. Adam Scott was going to be the next big thing but then faded away for a few years and now is a major champion. Steve Stricker is another who has done the same and Justin Rose who went close to winning The Open as an amateur, immediately turned pro and then struggled for a couple of years. I think he missed the cut in 50+ tournaments before whatever he was doing wrong got fixed and now he's a major winner and in the worlds top ten.
In women's golf the Asians have started to dominate. Mainly South Koreans who have 5 of the top ten ranked women golfers, and Chinese which will only get more so as it gets more and more coverage over there. I doubt it will be too long before the Chinese are dominating the men's game too simply due to weight of numbers.