2024 Preview: Twenty-four players under 24 to watch in 2024
The PGA TOUR is celebrating the start of a new year with Opening Drive, a two-week kickoff to the 2024 season. Players are refreshed and ready to shine, and they’ll need to bring their best from the start because of the season’s condensed time frame.
Ludvig Åberg's rapid rise was one of the biggest golf stories of 2023.
Åberg started the year in college but finished it as one of the top players in the world. He won on both the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR and was a member of the victorious European Ryder Cup team. He couldn’t have closed 2023 on a stronger note, either, shooting 61-61 to tie the PGA TOUR’s 72-hole scoring record in his victory at The RSM Classic.
That performance left the golf world hankering for more, excited to see what he’ll do for an encore in 2024. We can’t help but get excited when a young player starts to realize his potential, raising the tantalizing question of where it might take him.
Two dozen up-and-coming players to watch in 2024
That’s why we’ve produced this list of two dozen up-and-comers, to help you identify the players who could follow in Åberg’s footsteps (or, in the case of Tom Kim and Nicolai Højgaard, are already among the game’s elite). Below are 24 players under the age of 24 who you need to know in 2024.
This isn’t a ranking. It’s impossible to properly categorize players who are at such varying stages of their careers. Below are not only the best young pros in the world but also collegiate players and even high schoolers who are accomplishing some amazing things. Behold the game’s next wave of stars.
Tom Kim, Nicolai Højgaard, and more young players to watch
Tom Kim, age 21, already owns three PGA TOUR titles and finished in the top 10 in 2023’s final two majors. Nicolai Højgaard, age 22, is already a winner on the DP World Tour and finished second in the season-long Race to Dubai standings. Akshay Bhatia, age 21, won his first TOUR title and is known for his ball-striking skills. Adrien Dumont de Chassart, age 23, made a strong start to his pro career on the Korn Ferry Tour. These are just a few names on the list of young players to watch in 2024.
Other young players to keep an eye on
In addition to the players mentioned above, there are many more up-and-coming talents to keep an eye on. Players like Pierceson Coody, Gordon Sargent, and Michael Thorbjornsen have already shown promise in their amateur and college careers. Keita Nakajima, Christo Lamprecht, Nick Dunlap, and many others are also making waves in the golf world. With their skills and potential, these young players are set to make their mark on the PGA TOUR in 2024 and beyond.