Ranking Future Stars of the PGA Tour

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Taylor Moore chips to the green on the second hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday, April 6, 2023, in Augusta, Ga.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable May 10, 2023, 2:57 PM
  • Ranking the future stars on the PGA Tour.
  • Taylor Moore, Hayden Buckley and Davis Thompson are names to know.

There are plenty of stars on the PGA Tour, including Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and many more, but there was a time when they were just regular golfers.

With fields upward of 125 players on a given week, there are plenty of golfers many fans have never even heard of.

For example, virtually no one knew who Cameron Young was in the 2020-21 season, but then the following year, he was contending in major championships. 

So, who are the next future stars on the PGA Tour?

Here are the top 10 future stars.

10. Michael Thorbjornsen

The 21-year-old junior at Stanford is building quite the resume. He was the Pac-12 Golfer of the Year in 2023 and a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award. And Thorbjornsen has shown he can contend on the PGA Tour, finishing fourth at the 2022 Travelers Championship.

9. Gordon Sargent

Sargent was one of seven amateurs to play in the 2023 Masters. The Vanderbilt golfer was also a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award. While only a sophomore, Sargent’s time may need to wait a bit, he’s certainly a name to know.

8. Sam Bennett

The 23-year-old who plays collegiately at Texas A&M, was in the final group of the third round of the Masters. He also showed his talent by winning the 2022 U.S. Amateur. Bennett has the potential to one day be a star on the PGA Tour.

7. Pierceson Coody

The 23-year-old has already appeared in several PGA Tour events and showed he belongs. His best finish was a T-14 at the 2022 Arnold Palmer Invitational, a designated event that attracted one of the strongest fields of the year.

6. Ludvig Aberg

The Texas Tech star is the No. 1-ranked amateur and finalist for the Ben Hogan Award. Born in Sweden, Aberg may have the most potential of any collegiate golfer in 2023. He also had a strong showing at the 2022 Arnold Palmer Invitational, finishing T-24.

5. Taylor Montgomery

The 28-year-old is having a solid rookie season on the PGA Tour, which includes a third-place finish at the Fortinet Championship and a fifth-place finish at The American Express. Already one of the best putters on Tour, Montgomery could rise to the top of many future leaderboards.

4. Akshay Bhatia

The 21-year-old opted to skip college and immediately turn pro and is now seeing that move pay off. Bhatia has the ability to go low any time he tees it up and has already logged two top-10 finishes during the 2023 calendar year.

3. Davis Thompson

The 23-year-old showed he’s a name to know at the 2023 American Express when he finished solo second after opening with a 62. The 23-year-old was the No. 1-ranked amateur in 2022 and 2021.

2. Hayden Buckley

At the end of 2022, Buckey was ranked No. 202 in the Official World Golf Rankings. He’s climbed inside the top 75 and is emerging as one of the most underrated players on the PGA Tour. It feels like he’ll eventually win one day and become a name golf fans regularly are aware of.

1. Taylor Moore

Moore is already a winner on the PGA Tour, winning the 2023 Valspar Championship, but even with that, it feels like not many have noticed the 29-year-old. He’s since contended in other events, including a T-11 at the RBC Heritage. Moore has the talent to one day contend at major championships.

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”