CHASKA, Minn. -- Tiger Woods was only 26 when he played here at the 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National. But even back then -- long before he returned to Minnesota for this week's 2009 PGA Championship -- the search was on for the so-called young guns that would challenge his stranglehold on the PGA Tour.
Back then, my newspaper presented six players younger than Woods to watch. Justin Rose, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia were 22. Charles Howell III and David Gossett were 23. Matt Kuchar was 24.
Woods had 33 PGA Tour wins and eight major victories back then. The others had a combined five PGA Tour wins and no majors.
"I haven't won a major yet, but I have top-10s in each," Garcia said at the time. "I'm only 22, so it's not too bad."