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Golf's 'Tall Boys'

What does the new breed of player on the PGA Tour look like? Jaime Diaz explains, and offers the reasons behind their success

Related: The Top 10 Athletes on the PGA Tour

August 18, 2011
Keegan Bradley

They are big, lean and powerful, with a freewheeling approach to the swing, and more interest in winning tournaments than collecting top 10s. Names like Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Nick Watney and Gary Woodland are part of golf's next generation of superstars, and Keegan Bradley's breakthrough win at the PGA Championship is only the beginning. As Jaime Diaz describes in the August 22, 2011 issue of Golf World, they may best be described as "The Tall Boys." Their defining characteristics are summarized in the ensuing slideshow.

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson, 6-foot-4

1. Evolution

As the average height of humans goes up with each generation, and golf has become more lucrative, a greater number of taller young athletes are being drawn to the game instead of team sports.
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