CBS Sports special takes look at TOUR's young stars

April 22, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The recent proliferation of young players on the PGA TOUR who continually challenging the established veterans has made the TOUR more compelling and exciting than ever.

The 2011 season saw 16 winners in their 20s, including a record six rookies, led by PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year and two-time winner Keegan Bradley. And the trend is continuing in 2012 with the likes of Kyle Stanley, who overcame a devastating playoff loss after holding a five-stroke lead at the Farmers Insurance Open to win the following week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.


PGA TOUR 2012: Portraits presented by Mercedes-Benz, a CBS Sports special airing on May 5 at 2 p.m. ET, takes a close look at these rising stars and what makes them successful both on and off of the golf course. They are the new breed of athlete: highly skilled, athletic, stylish and able to connect with the masses. In addition to showcasing their outstanding talent, the one-hour special offers unique insight into their busy lives off the golf course, showing how they escape golf and balance family with the numerous obligations as a one-man corporation.

Produced by PGA TOUR Entertainment, PGA TOUR 2012: Portraits presented by Mercedes-Benz looks into the world of these rising young stars and examines their overall impact on golf, sports and popular culture. Featured players include:

Bubba Watson -- 2012 Masters Champion • Webb Simpson -- 2-time PGA TOUR winner in 2011; second in the 2011 FedExCup standings. • Kyle Stanley -- 2012 Waste Management Open champion • Rory McIlroy -- 2011 U.S. Open Champion, second in the World Golf Ranking • Dustin Johnson -- 5-time PGA TOUR winner • Hunter Mahan -- 2-time PGA TOUR winner in 2012 • Keegan Bradley -- 2011 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year

Learn more about these rising stars on PGA TOUR 2012: Portraits presented by Mercedes-Benz, Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m. ET on CBS.