Meet Golf’s Next “It” Kid.

Bennett Smed

Labeling golf’s next superstar is about as easy as convincing your wife you need a new driver, but some future stars stick out just a bit brighter than others. Enter, Aaron Wise. 

This week’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba is littered with former PGA Tour winners and up and coming stars, but right in the mix after a first round 65 is Aaron Wise, thanks to a hole in one and an eagle on back to back holes. How about that for a Thursday front nine 31!


For those who may not be as familiar with the former Oregon Duck, let’s have a little history lesson. Wise turned pro this summer after capping off an impressive college career by capturing the NCAA individual national championship on his home golf course of Eugene CC.

That same week, his Oregon Ducks also captured the team title. Wise turned pro and was immediately scooped up by Callaway, adding to their impressive roster of players gaming their clubs. Wise then finished in the top 5 on the Mackenzie Tour money list, which got him status on the Tour for the 2017 season.

On a sponsors exemption, Wise finished tied for tenth in last week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, which then got him a spot in Mexico for this week’s event. With limited starts on the PGA Tour this season, Wise will have to make every start count to secure his card in the same way Jordan Spieth gained his membership.

Wise has been on quite a roll over the past year, and given his finish last week in Vegas and the blistering start Thursday in Mexico, I wouldn’t foresee that stopping any time soon. Just to give you a taste of the competitive spirit that Wise brings to the table, here is the clutch birdie that Wise sank on the 17th hole during the final round of NCAA’s, all but securing him of victory. Go Ducks!

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