The 2020 sporting year has been severely interrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the world of golf
hasn't been immune to the impact of the pandemic.
Several of the world's biggest events were either cancelled or postponed, with organisers of The Open Championship amongst those making the difficult decision not to host a tournament this year.
This has not only denied golf supporters a chance to watch their favourite players, but also up and coming golfers a chance to make a name for themselves over the last few months. Betway
takes a look at eight rising stars who should currently be setting the golfing world alight:
Im Sung-jae (22, South Korea)
The leading money winner on the Web.com Tour in 2018 is the highest ranked golfer on our list at 23rd place on the latest official world golf rankings. The South Korean started playing golf when he was just three-years-old and looks set for a bright future. The 2019 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year was also part of the International team at last year's Presidents Cup.
Collin Morikawa (23, United States)
The Los Angeles-born golfer has already got one PGA Tour win to his name; winning in only his sixth Tour start when he birdied four of the last five holes at the Barracuda Championship last July. He currently occupies 44th spot on the official world golf rankings.
Viktor Hovland (22, Norway)
Much has already been written about the ultra-talented Norwegian who won the Puerto Rico Open in February for his first professional victory. The 2018 U.S. Amateur winner and 2019 Ben Hogan Award winner for the top collegiate golfer has all the attributes to be a real force on the world stage for years to come. He currently occupies 57th spot on the official world golf rankings.
Scottie Scheffler (23, United States)
Currently 45th in the latest official world golf rankings, Scheffler has already racked up two professional wins. He won both the Evans Scholars Invitational and Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship last year while he made the cut at the 2017 U.S. Open and finished tied for 27th when still classified as an amateur golfer.
Matthew Wolff (21, United States)
The 2019 Haskins Award winner won in just his third event as a pro by making a 26-foot putt for eagle to edge out Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau at the 3M Open in July last year. He is currently ranked as the 110th best golfer in the most recent official world golf rankings but has all the credentials to fly up that list once golf makes a return to the tee.
Jazz Janewattananond (24, Thailand)
The man with the coolest nickname in professional golf turned pro in December 2010 as a 15-year-old and has already claimed 10 professional wins, six of which came on the Asian Tour. "Smooth Jazz" gave the world a taste of his potential on course to a T14th-place finish at the 2019 PGA Championship. He currently occupies 39th spot in the latest official world golf rankings.
Robert MacIntyre (23, Scotland)
The 2019 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year had a breakout rookie campaign in Europe last season, posting seven top-10s, including three runner-up finishes and a tied for 6th place finish at The Open Championship. The Scot finished the season as the top rookie on the Race to Dubai rankings and is currently ranked 67th in the official world golf rankings.
Joaquín Niemann (21, Chile)
At 21 years of age, the Chilean is the youngest golfer on our list. The former No.1-ranked amateur in the world is currently the 78th best player on the planet and is just scratching the surface of his potential. He already has eight professional wins to his name, including his first PGA Tour victory in September last year. Niemann was also part of the International team at the 2019 Presidents Cup.
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