These are the weeks where it’s not a bad play to ride with a young gun. Will Gordon is a good candidate. The 24-year-old Vanderbilt product pulled off the tough task of earning PGA Tour special temporary status with his strong play in 2020. He did so by earning enough FedEx Cup points to finish in the top 125, although he was ineligible for the Playoffs.
What this means is he’s exempt for 2020-21, which is doubly important considering there is no Korn Ferry Tour Finals this fall due to the pandemic.
In just 11 starts, Gordon accrued $773,220. He finished T-3rd at the Travelers Championship and T-10th at the RSM Classic as part of four top-25s and seven made cuts.
Gordon fits the mold of the younger generation. He hits it really, really far. His 6-foot-3, 205-pound athletic frame produces a 125.79 mile-per-hour average club head speed that ranked second last season on the PGA Tour only behind Cameron Champ (127). Bryson DeChambeau is in fourth at 125.
Gordon led the field in strokes gained off the tee (1.563) at the Safeway Open and was 14th (.564) on the season. He was also fourth in greens in regulation (71.7%).
It’s an impressive ascension after Gordon played decent, but not great golf, last year on the Mackenzie Tour.
More polish needs to be added on and around the greens, but he has all the tools to win on the PGA Tour very soon.