Top Five Youngsters to Watch on The PGA Tour in 2023

Media by Associated Press: Justin Suh plays his shot from the seventh tee during the second round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Friday, June 18, 2021, at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. Three years after his All-American career at USC, Suh has a PGA Tour card for next season.

The PGA TOUR season is back for its second week of the 2022-23 schedule this week in Mississippi for the Sanderson Farms Championship. Below we detail five youngsters fresh from the Korn Ferry Tour to keep an eye on this season.

 

Justin Suh

 

Suh was the leader on the Korn Ferry Tour money list in 2022 after a decorated amateur career. The 25-year-old was a star at USC, earning Pac-12 Player of the Year honors in 2018 and a silver medal winner during the 2018 Eisenhower Trophy. Suh was the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world for nearly seven months, from October 2018 to April 2019.

 

He won the Korn Ferry Tour Championship earlier this month and cashed in on 21 of 24 events during the 2022 KFT season. Suh missed the cut two weeks ago at the Fortnite Championship.

 

Austin Eckroat

 

Like Suh, Eckroat was a decorated collegiate player out of Oklahoma State University. He was an All-American every year on campus as a Cowboy, including a Second Team All-American as a junior. The 23-year-old made the cut in three of four events played on Tour last season, highlighted by a T22 Butterfield Bermuda Championship.

 

Eckroat made 12 of 16 cuts last season on the KFT, highlighted by a pair of solo seconds at the Memorial Health Championship and Korn Ferry Tour Championship.

 

Philip Knowles

 

The 25-year-old secured his first PGA Tour card last season after spending just one full season on the KFT. Knowles is a University of North Florida product, where he was the 2019 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year and a two-time All-American.

 

Knowles didn’t pick up a victory last season in his first year as a professional, but a T2 at the Albertson Boise Open in the opening week of the KFT finals. He also closed out the season with his first a T10 finish at the Pinnacle Bank Championship.

 

Taylor Montgomery

 

Montgomery earned his first PGA Tour card at the age of 27 despite not picking up a victory last season. He captured the card by showing consistency all season, finishing in the Top 10 nine times over only 17 starts. Six of those starts ended in a finish of T4 or better.

 

In just his third PGA Tour event two weeks ago, Montgomery finished solo third at the Fortnite Championship. It was his best finish on the PGA Tour after a T11 earlier this year at the Farmers Insurance Open.

 

Carl Yuan

 

Yuan Yechun, also known as Carl Yuan, tore up the KFT last season with nine Top 10 finishes, including a victory at Chitimacha Louisiana Open, three-second place, and one third-place finish. The University of Washington product hails from Dalian, China.

 

Yuan earned his first PGA Tour card after finishing second behind Suh on the KFT money list. He held the top spot through the regular season before Suh took it over with his win at the KFT Finals. The 25-year-old missed the cut at the Fortnite Championship but has two made cuts in his career on the PGA.

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