When discussions regarding the best golf players of all time arise, Tiger Woods definitely tops the list. However, there are still an enormous amount of amazing American golfers that each sports enthusiast should keep their tabs on for the next years.
Here’s a list of the eight excellent players from the United States as well as the reasons behind their fames in the sport they love the most.
1. Bubba Watson
Ranking second in the world—following Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson began playing golf at the age of 6, which admittedly was all self-taught. Watson’s efforts resulted in him earning a scholarship at the University of Georgia, where he led the Bulldogs to win an SEC title in 2000.
However, in 2001, Watson decided to leave the University to fulfill his dream of becoming professional and joining the PGA Tour and won seven times in the course. In 2008, he finally went back to the University of Georgia to finish his degree upon realizing that he’s someone that the younger players look up to.
Presently, Bubba Watson is recognized as a well-rounded golfer that’s undeniably difficult to beat. His incredible shots, long drives, humility, perseverance, and overall pleasant personality—shown on both on and off the course, all of which make him a true superstar.
2. Jordan Spieth
As a work-in-progress golf professional, Jordan Spieth is known for playing extraordinarily consistent golf. Finishing in the top seven during his last two tournaments, Spieth proves himself to be an excellent player, which the future of American golf sure can expect—despite just joining the professional ranks in December of 2012 while being a sophomore at the University of Texas.
Spieth’s hardwork and success are all dedicated to his family, especially his sister, Ellie, who needs special assistance. In 2014, Spieth started the Jordan Spieth Charitable Trust to increase awareness and financial support to three groups, which according to him are his philanthropic concerns namely the youth, military families, and junior golf.
3. Jimmy Walker
Learning and loving the sport from his father, who was a scratch golfer, Jimmy Walker started his professional golf career in 2001, at the age of 22. Walker earned his first two titles at the BellSouth Panama Championship and the Chitimacha Louisiana Open in 2004. During the same year, he became the Player of the Year and the Nationwide Tour’s leading money winner—both happening during his first time at the PGA Tour.
Aside from playing golf, Jimmy is also fond of photography as his form of hobby and entertainment.
4. Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler began playing golf at the very early age of 3 and ranked as the first amateur golfer worldwide for 37 weeks in 2007 and 2008.
The 2009 Albertsons Boise Open on the Nationwide Tour was the debut of Fowler’s professional career, while his first PGA Tour, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open was where he ended at seventh place.
Today, this 24-year-old golfer is at the 8th of the 2015 Official World Golf Ranking.
5. Patrick Reed
Notable for his successes at the 2014 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championships and 2015 Hyundai Tournament just to name a few, Patrick Reed entered the professionals after the NCAA Championship in 2011.
The FedEx St. Jude Classic was Reed’s first PGA Tour event, but unfortunately, was cut off after the second round. At present, Reed is already part of the European Tour for the 2015 season.
6. Brooks Koepka
Winning the Turkish Airlines open in the late 2014, being nominated for the European Tour’s 2014 Rookie of the Year Award, and winning his first PGA Tour event, the Waste Management Phoenix Open just this February, Brooks Koepka absolutely knows his ways in the sport, despite just turning pro in 2012.
Considering the short period that Koepka has been playing pro, he’s already 23rd at 2015 Official World Golf Ranking.
7. Dustin Johnson
Known for being among the longest drivers on the PGA Tour, with a 315.5 yard driving distance and landing the second finish in the 2015 U.S. Open, Dustin Johnson is the first golfer since tiger Woods who was won at least once in each of his playing seasons.
It was on July 31, 2014, when Johnson decided to take the rest of the season off for personal reasons. This February 2015, Dustin made his comeback by joining the Farmers Insurance Open but did not win due to missing one stroke.
Despite the loss, Johnson earned two top-five finishes at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Northern Trust Open.
8. Phil Mickelson
Having a total of 42 wins on the PGA Tour, with three out of four major victories (2004, 2006, and 2010), five major championships, 2005 PGA Championship, and an Open Championship in 2013, Phil Mickelson has proven himself worthy of being in the Official World Golf Ranking’s top-10 list for 700 weeks.
Mickelson, also known as “Lefty,” for the apparent reason of using his left hand for swinging despite being right-handed has been inaugurated in the World Golf Hall of Fame in May 2012 as well.
These are just eight of the great golfers that we think the future of American golf depends on. So watch these players progress. They might just make another history in golf.