Young Guns to Watch Out For in Australia this Summer

By Steve Walsh

ADAM SCOTT’S impressive 4-under 67 to capture the Australian PGA continued to prove that the golfer, once a promising young gun, is beginning to reach his tremendous potential. At the beginning of the 2013 golf season, Scott was on the the short list of best golfers without a major victory. Now, he’s on the short list of active players expected to become multiple major winners.

So, if Adam Scott is the best of the seasoned Australian golfers, which Australian golfers can we expect to stand out from the younger generation?

And with the Emirates Australian Open right around the corner, it’s a good time to take a look at what young Aussies could be lifting trophies in Down Under this summer.

Daniel Popovic

Daniel Popovic Featured

Winner of last year’s Australian PGA Championship, hasn’t had a great season across multiple tours and he isn’t teeing it up at the Australian Masters this week. And Popovic skipped last week’s Australian PGA Championship to attend European Tour Qualifying School, where he promptly got food poisoning after his opening round and was forced to withdraw.

According to a recent tweet from the golfer, he’s heading home to Australia and “his own bed.” After a bit of rest, Popovic should be ready for a quality showing at the Emirates Australian Open.

Nathan Holman

Holman played with US Masters champion Adam Scott in just his fifth professional outing. Photo: Murray Wilkinson (SMP Images)
Holman played with US Masters champion Adam Scott in just his fifth professional outing. Photo: Murray Wilkinson (SMP Images)

As a rookie professional Holman is still learning the ropes in the professional arena. His form leading up to the major events of the summer has been fantastic with only one finish outside the top 20 on the PGA Tour of Australasia this summer. If Holman can keep up his early Master’s form we may be seeing a lot more of him this weekend and in the Australian Open.

Jack Wilson

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For starters, Wilson finished third at last week’s Australian PGA Championship and won the WA Goldfields PGA Championship at the beginning of October. More importantly, however, Adam Scott called Wilson “one of the next great players from Australia.”

What’s better than an endorsement from the best Australian golfer on the planet?

Matt Stieger

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The ‘Man from Narrabri,’ Matt Stieger, finished 26th at the Hero Indian Open last week after placing 21st in the CJ Invitational. The 22-year-old has missed only two cuts on the Asian Tour in his first season of professional golf and as has posted an impressive scoring average of 71.98.

Stieger finished 18th at the Australian Open last year and is continuing to build on the promise he originally showed as a winner of the 2011 Australian Amateur and the Tasmanian Open.

Jake Higginbottom

Jake Higginbottom Featured

Jake Higginbottom, who won the BMW New Zealand Open as an amateur in 2012, has been playing quality golf on the Asian Tour this year.  The 20-year-old notched a 19th place finish at the Hero Indian Open last week and has made five of his last seven cuts. He made the cut at both the Australian PGA Championship and the Australian Open last year.

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  1. No doubt a fair call Ginny. Steve Walsh submitted this article on the men’s side of things. We’d be more than happy if someone did the same for up and coming women golfers. Will have to look into that.


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