Brandel Chamblee is right…for once. And Chambdaddy (as we assume Bailey Mosier calls him) spits some hot fire in this breakdown that has flown under-the-radar.
Chamblee penned a piece for GolfChannel.com during the West Coast Swing about the trend toward younger winners on tour, in response to Skip Bayless. With 28-year-old Rickie Fowler’s win at the Honda Classic, Chamblee’s points are only the more relevant.
Here are three truth bombs from Brandel.
“Twenty years ago, the average age of the winners on the West Coast swing – including a 21-year-old by the name of Tiger Woods – was 35. Ten years ago, it was 33. The oldest winner since the start of this calendar year is Dustin Johnson at 32, and the average age of the winners of the first seven events in 2017 is 25.”
That’s a massive shift! We’ve heard talk of golf’s “youth movement” for years, but that bit of data is incredible. Why is this happening? Tell us, Brandel!
“With regard to course knowledge, the advent of 24/7 golf coverage and detailed topography maps have reduced the necessity of having played a course for years to almost nil. Besides that, scads of young players today can hit it past the trouble and leave themselves short irons, allowing them to get at pins they wouldn’t have been able to decades ago. This mitigates the necessity of strategy, and, it follows, experience.”
Quite true. To this, we could add the elevation of the caddie profession and the increase in aptitude and responsibility in the ranks of bag carriers. Long gone are the days of taking a local caddie.
Of course, Chamblee’s ultimate point, that of the influence of the man he so often derides, is superb.
“When these early- to mid- 20-somethings were just starting to play the game, they had as their teacher, for the better part of two decades, the greatest example of tenacity and technique in the history of the game….In the same way he psychologically destroyed his competition then, Tiger has psychologically armed the competition today.”
An interesting point of view. With Tiger’s past success, he conditioned the future (now) top players how to arm themselves from a dominant player like himself. Or that his work ethic was so great, he influenced the generation watching him to have the same determination towards the game. Either way, we can all agree that Woods equipped this generation to perform in ways they would never have without him.
While these points may be accurate, it’s hard to commend a man who runs his mouth daily on topics he thinks he knows best. Here are a few times where Chamblee just couldn’t keep his mouth shut..
In the end, it’s all opinion. And Chamblee has a strong one.