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Young Stars on PGA TOUR Highlighted in Special on CBS Sports
PGA TOUR 2015: In the Spotlight presented by Mercedes-Benz airing May 17 at 2 p.m. ET
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (May 11, 2015) – An influx of young talent is stepping into the spotlight and making an impact on the PGA TOUR. Current stars come from a variety of backgrounds, and are taking various paths to success and a place among the game’s elite. They all possess a passion for the game and share status as premier performers inside the ropes.
PGA TOUR 2015: In the Spotlight presented by Mercedes-Benz, a one-hour special produced by PGA TOUR Entertainment that airs Sunday, May 17 on CBS Sports at 2:00 p.m. ET, will highlight current PGA TOUR players making an impact on the game.
Feature players will include:
Jordan Spieth – We first got a sense of things to come on the PGA TOUR when, at age 16, Spieth received an invitation to play in the 2010 AT&T Byron Nelson and he responded with a top-20 finish. He turned professional three years later and captured his first TOUR win at the John Deere Classic in his rookie campaign. Spieth racked up two more world-wide wins late in 2014 and continued the momentum early this season, adding two more wins including his first major title at the Masters. We will follow the 21-year-old around New York City for his media tour immediately after winning the Green Jacket.
Martin Kaymer – All three of Kaymer’s wins on TOUR have come in golf’s biggest events. His first came at the 2010 PGA Championship, which helped propel him to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. However, he slid to as low as No. 41 in 2013 due to a lack of confidence stemming from swing changes. In 2014, he reintroduced his dominant play, winning THE PLAYERS and then the U.S. Open Championship. We will profile his journey of perseverance through the ups and downs and document his return to THE PLAYERS 2015 as defending champion.
Justin Thomas – Though slight in stature at 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 145 pounds, Thomas nonetheless is considered pound-for-pound the longest hitter on TOUR, averaging just under 300 yards off the tee. How is it physically possible for a player his size do it? We put physics to the test by hooking the 21-year old up to “Golf BioDynamics” technology to find out. Will the results defy science?
Brooks Koepka – Currently ranked in the top 20 in the FedExCup standings, the Florida State alum took a different approach to gaining his card by opting to play overseas. The well-traveled first year TOUR member has made an immediate impact, winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open in just his third start of the 2014-15 season.
Also featured will be: Carlos Ortiz, the 24-year-old rookie from Mexico whose three wins on the Web.com Tour last year vaulted him to his first year on the PGA TOUR, takes us on the open water, as he escapes the rigors of the PGA TOUR; and Ben Martin, a 28-year old with a celebrated amateur career who earned his first TOUR victory last year, shares time in his native South Carolina.
Finally, Spotlight presented by Mercedes-Benz will look at the strong bond that is developing among the young stars that will carry golf into the future.
For a preview of the show, go to:
About Mercedes-Benz USA
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Accredited journalists can visit MBUSA’s media site at www.media.mbusa.com.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.
The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2014, tournaments across all Tours generated a record $140.5 million for local and national charitable organizations, after surpassing $2 billion in all-time charitable contributions early in the year.
The PGA TOUR’s web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.