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5 young U.S. golfers to watch at Masters

Jordan Spieth, a 21-year-old who finished fourth at last year’s Masters, is one of the young stars to watch at this week’s tournament in Augusta, Ga.
Jordan Spieth, a 21-year-old who finished fourth at last year’s Masters, is one of the young stars to watch at this week’s tournament in Augusta, Ga. AP

Led by Jordan Spieth, several young American golfers could have an impact at this week’s Masters. Here are five – all 25 or under – who might:

Jordan Spieth (second Masters)

One of this week’s favorites, Spieth has quickly become one of the game’s young stars. At just 21, he already has two career PGA Tour victories (plus the Hero World Challenge in December). His only Masters appearance? A not-too-shabby second in 2014.

Brooks Koepka (first Masters)

Koepka (pronounced Kepka) won the Waste Management Open in February. A former Florida State golfer, Koepka, 24, is one of the tour’s longest hitters, but has a precise-enough game to fare well at Augusta. He’s not afraid of the big stage, finishing tied for fourth in last year’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

Patrick Reed (second Masters)

At 24, he already has a victory and two other top 10s this season, Reed’s confidence matches his game. Who else wears a red shirt on Sundays? This is Reed’s second Masters (he missed the cut in 2014). And he attended Augusta State, so at least he’s familiar with the surroundings.

Russell Henley (third Masters)

Still 25 (he turns 26 on Sunday) and in his third full season on the PGA Tour, Henley has already won twice. His first victory as a professional came in the Web.com’s 2012 Chiquita Classic in Charlotte. A native of Macon, Ga., who played collegiately at Georgia, Henley lives in Charleston .

Morgan Hoffman (first Masters)

Hoffman, 25, has yet to win on the PGA Tour, but a fourth-place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March suggests he’s ready. A former hockey player who flies his own plane to tournaments and cooks his own food, Hoffman led through two rounds at Bay Hill.

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