Young guns take aim at Tour Championship, FedEx Cup millions

Steve Hummer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

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The older, silver-haired gent running things couldn't be more pleased.

Asked about the young players' impact, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said, "I would say just the vibrancy, the pure vibrancy on the ground at our tournaments, in our broadcasts, in our social-media platforms."

Ticket sales for this Tour Championship have been going "very, very well," according to the event's executive director, Tom Clark. Some of that, he figures, is because of the makeup of the field.

"It's a different vibe right now, you can feel it," he said. At mid-week, Clark said, ticket sales were up 18 percent from the same time a year ago.

And the young players are not just coming here for the experience. They are no one's unpaid interns. What is striking is how this group refuses to factor age into expectation. The impatience is palpable.

Back to Thomas, who will tell you that there is no such thing as too much, too soon.

Listen to his answer to the question of whether, even in his wildest schoolboy dreams, he could have imagined six career victories, a major and a top-four world ranking in what really is only his third full year on Tour.

"Absolutely. I probably would have wondered or asked why I didn't do it my rookie year or my second year, honestly," he said.

"I just have always expected a lot. I've always wanted to win every tournament I play. I've wanted to compete in every tournament I play, have a chance to win."

"Do I think I can continue what's been happening the last few years?" said Spieth, who has won three majors, a FedEx Cup and 11 PGA Tour events. "Yes, I believe that. I believe I'm improving as a player each year."

These young players need to attack East Lake today and get theirs while they can. Because golfers apparently have become like iPhones. The new better model is always right behind.

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